United States Country on These people have been born and bred there. TIley have never left Egdon Heath. An exception is Grandfer Cantle. Cantle was in the Bang-up Locals in 1804- that is, he was a member of a local militia organized to resist the expected invasion by Napoleon.
As a local militiaman, he made it aIl the way to Budmouth, on the neighboring seacoast a few miles away.
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The chief act of the Locals seems to have been to march away when an actual invasion was (falsely) reported in Budmouth. This is another of Hardy's ironies.
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