Ours was the marsh country,

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter I

By "Ours," he is including those in their graves.

The area mostly in Kent (with some of Essex) extending from Rochester-Chatham to Gravesend and extending eastward and including the Hoo Peninsula, the place of Pip's village—a flat, protoplasmic world girdling the mouths of two large rivers, the Thames and the Medway, as they empty into the North Sea. Small villages dot the Hoo Peninsula. At the northwest corner is the town of Gravesend, and at the southwest, on the Medway, the cathedral town of Rochester, just to the southeast of which is Chatham, where the Dickens family lived from 1817 to 1823. The "marsh country's" names, beginning with the Hoo Peninsula, evome a mysterious world: Gravesend, the Nore, Lower Hope Reach, Cooling, the Isle of Grain, Strood, Chalk, Allhallows, Mucking Flat Lighthouse, Sheerness. The area can be primordial, the more so in the winter twilight that renders the aqueous place even more indistinct, marshes, mists, and mud converging. 

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