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Recreating the 18th-century fashion for landowners to have a hermit living in some picturesque corner of their estates. (Staffordshire County, U.K.).

* Recreating the 18th-century fashion for landowners to have a hermit living in some picturesque corner of their estates, a recent English public art project selected an individual from a pool of 150 applicants to live in a cave for two days. "We want to explore the nature of solitude and whether that has any resonance to anyone in the 21st century," said Anna Douglas, the project's manager. "Within what looks like a bit of fun, people will consider ideas that go back to Rousseau and Alexander Pope. It's a philosophical critique of the world in which we live." The temporary hermit was allowed a tent, Swiss Army knife, stool, chair or blanket, a spiritual text and another text concerning solitude.

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