Lit­er­a­ture WORDSEARCH

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Brain Games -

Be­low is the open­ing part of DH Lawrence’s fa­mous novel Sons and Lovers. Your task is to find the high­lighted words in the wordsearch grid. The words read in straight lines in any di­rec­tion and let­ters may be used more than once.

“THE BOTTOMS” suc­ceeded to “Hell Row”. Hell Row was a block of thatched, bulging cot­tages that stood by the brook­side on Green­hill Lane. There lived the col­liers who worked in the lit­tle gin-pits two fields away. The brook ran un­der the alder trees, scarcely soiled by these small mines, whose coal was drawn to the sur­face by don­keys that plod­ded wearily in a cir­cle round a gin. And all over the coun­try­side were these same pits, some of which had been worked in the time of Charles II, the few col­liers and the don­keys bur­row­ing down like ants into the earth, mak­ing queer

mounds and lit­tle black places among the corn-fields and the mead­ows. And the cot­tages of these coal-min­ers, in blocks and pairs here and there, to­gether with odd farms and homes of the stockingers, stray­ing over the parish, formed the vil­lage of Best­wood. Then, some sixty years ago, a sud­den

change took place. The gin-pits were el­bowed aside by the large mines of the fi­nanciers. The coal and iron field of Not­ting­hamshire and Der­byshire was dis­cov­ered. Carston, Waite and Co. ap­peared. Amid tremen­dous ex­cite­ment, Lord Palmer­ston for­mally opened the com­pany’s first mine at Spin­ney Park, on the edge of Sher­wood For­est. About this time the no­to­ri­ous Hell Row, which through grow­ing old had ac­quired an evil rep­u­ta­tion,

was burned down, and much dirt was cleansed away. Carston, Waite & Co. found they had struck on a good thing, so, down the val­leys of the brooks from

Selby and Nut­tall, new mines were sunk, un­til soon there were six pits work­ing. From Nut­tall, high up on the

sand­stone among the woods, the rail­way ran, past the ru­ined pri­ory

of the Carthu­sians and past Robin Hood’s Well, down to Spin­ney Park, then on to Min­ton, a large mine among corn-fields; from Min­ton across the farm­lands of the val­ley­side to Bunker’s Hill, branch­ing off there, and run­ning north to Beg­gar­lee and Selby, that looks over at Crich and the hills of Der­byshire: six mines like black studs on the coun­try­side, linked by a loop of fine chain, the rail­way. To ac­com­mo­date the reg­i­ments

of min­ers, Carston, Waite and

Co. built the Squares, great

quad­ran­gles of dwellings on the hill­side of Best­wood, and then, in the brook val­ley, on the site of Hell Row, they erected the Bottoms. The Bottoms con­sisted of six blocks of min­ers’ dwellings, two rows of three, like the dots on a blank-six domino, and twelve houses in a block. This dou­ble row of dwellings sat at the foot of the rather sharp slope from Best­wood, and looked out, from the attic win­dows at least, on the slow climb of the val­ley to­wards Selby.

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