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In pursuance of this idea, he buys an old house by the sea, called Shruff End, and determines to live in isolation for the rest of his days.
As it has been stated, Shruff End seems at first to be a retreat of peace and spiritual rest, becoming later the idyllic place where Charles innocently believes that his love for Hartley will be consumed.
In the same way, Charles repeatedly refers to Shruff End as a "cave", where no electricity is needed, reminiscing those images portrayed by William Wordsworth in "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour" of "some Hermit's cave, where by his fire / The Hermit sits alone" (155)At the same time, rural life is presented as the notion of purity, being in line with the visions of Wordsworth in "The Tables Turned": "Come forth into the light of things, / Let Nature be your teacher (154).
A large row of characters throughout The Sea The Sea will parade around Shruff End trying to defeat Charles; that is, to convince him to come back to his former life, but all of them are beaten, and they inevitably become his victims.
When Titus arrives at Shruff End, we are faced with an authentic process of purification experienced by Charles.
He therefore buys a damp, grim cottage at Shruff End by the seaside and first takes great plesure in learning the labirynth of the house, full of rodents or the neighbourhood full of insects, rock, and .