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ID
b10
Title
In View of the Fact That
Genre
Story
Page Count
6
Word Count
1300
Publication Year
1927
Document Types
Social Commentary
Uncollected Stories
Topics
Land Issues

An unsuccessful landowner attempts to keep his land, but collapses and dies while protesting his plight before a Parish Council meeting.

The title is drawn from legal terminology quoted by the Council chairman. Perhaps because of the similarity in theme to Day's End, the story was one of three early tales not selected for Bates's first collection, Day's End and Other Stories As with Day's End, the lead character may be based on Bates's maternal grandfather, George William Lucas. In The Spring Song and In View of the Fact That(1927).