The field had already been "opened"; that is to say, a lane a few feet wide had been hand-cut through the wheat along the whole circumference of the field for the first passage of the horses and machine.

from Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D'Urbervilles Chapter 14: "Maiden No More" Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Hardy describes the “Modern” farming techniques characterizing the British “Enclosure” movement, which turned small family plots into corporate farms

If Facebook buys Rap Genius, how would you feel? It would be fucked up and ruin everything, right?

That’s how Hardy feels about Enclosure…

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