Catherine Chanter Discusses the Key Themes of The Well Transcript
The Well is a story about a couple who do the whole escape to the country thing. It’s not entirely straight forward because they have reasons for needing to leave London. But anyway, they find themselves a small holding and it’s called the well.
The story is set in a time in which England is suffering from a drought, it’s putting a lot of pressure on society. And when they get to the well, they find that it continues to rain there. And it continues to rain on the well and nowhere else. So they have really what everyone else needs.
But The Well is more than that, I guess, the well is the name of the place and it’s very much a novel about place and home. But it’s also the sense that the well represents that great abundance of resources we have, both physical like water and also emotional. And how they nourish us. And how we look after those resources and what happens when the well starts to run dry.
So Ruth, the protagonist of The Well, is a middle-aged lady, she had her daughter young and she’s also therefore a young grandmother. She was very at home in London really. She had a job and she had friends, she had a book club. She had those things that keep you busy. And she has been very in love with Mark who is her husband, and their relationship has met trying times before, but perhaps nothing quite like what she’ll have to face at the well.