(12.) See Ivor Gurney's poem "Thoughts of New England." "Do they [New Englanders] hear tell of Domesday Book, and not / Think of this Gloucester where the scrivener wrote / Command of reeves first set their lists to begin?" With still more forceful contortion, Gurney's "Kilns" ends: "Of the Normans, how they liked kilns, that thrust to endure / Endless abbeys and strong chapels up in the air, / And Domesday questioners who worried the too evasive / Owner as to tales and days work to a story unplausive
, / As to the fuels used, and the men there and the hours, the wage hours." Gurney's syntax has to be unknotted to get at a forced dialogue scene, and inquest, where False answers by the owner, about his laborers, recoil on the questioner and are the quotient of inquisition.