(   PART II The Quality of Landscape 
The old oak had been girdled and was dead. 
7   :There are degrees of death in abandoned farms. Some old 
S        tdhouses cock an eye at you as if to say 'Somebody will move in.

Wait and see.' 
But this farm was different. Girdling the old oak to squeeze 
one last crop out of the barnyard has the same finality as burn- 
ing the furniture to keep warm. 
PART III   A Taste for Country