The Custom of the Country

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  • Edith Wharton said the title of the novel came from a play by English playwrights John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, entitled The Custom of the Country, in which the term 'custom' referred to droit du seigneur the "claim of the ruler" to a subordinate female's maidenhead. The title has been suggested as coming from Montaigne's essay "On Husbanding Your Will".[1]

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