Category: Places | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Sense and Sensibility (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

The fenced or hedged area surrounding the manor, a bucolic setting that might include some grazing. To insure an unbroken view,  the fences, "haha's," would be sunk in ditches. The name is the exclamation of surprise at discovering a fence. 

Increasingly from the mid-18th c., estate owners became interested in planting and manicuring the park so as to make it an aesthetic complement to the manor.

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