In his melancholic, semi-autobiographical Enigma of Arrival, V.S. Naipaul writes of purchasing and then living in an English Cottage. The small home would play a major role in the author’s meditations on daily life and routine, a nexus from which the story is spun.
The term “cottage” comes from the word “cotter,” which refers to a person who performs farming duties in exchange for lodging. The word is English in origin, as is the architectural style. Constructed of a single floor with the sleeping quarters under the roof, cottage architecture is simple and utilitarian, with an emphasis on comfort.
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