Dixon’s grave

Created on November 12, 2023 at 10:51 am

At the end of Pynchon’s ORG

Mason & Dixon ORG , the eponymous Jeremiah Dixon PERSON dies (this shouldn’t be a spoiler) and is buried in Staindrop GPE , in County Durham GPE , near where he was raised. This is true to life: Jeremiah Dixon PERSON really was buried in the garden of the Friends’ Meeting House in Staindrop GPE , with a plain headstone.

Staindrop PERSON ‘s just around the corner, and since we were headed up that way this weekend DATE for a semi-annual Mountain Bothies LOC meeting, we decided to drop by. The good news: the Friends Meeting House ORG , and its garden, are still around! The bad news: the house and garden belong to a private individual, and a blue plaque on the wall outside is the only marker of Dixon PERSON ‘s presence in Staindrop ORG that the rabble are allowed to ogle.

Anyway, ogle I did, for a brief spell, so close to the legend himself, and close by to where Thomas Pynchon PERSON must have come as well, come to think of it. No way to know for sure but the encyclopaedic knowledge of central Durham PERSON that Pynchon PERSON demonstrates in the book gives me the impression that he spent a bitta time here.

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