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"Tintern Abbey" and the Position of Nature During "Tintern Abbey," Wordsworth constructs character as both a recovery thing and a teacher or ethical guardian. This paper considers Wordsworth's treatment of character regarding both Ralph Pite's discussion of the relationship between the ecology movement and Romantic poetry and Richard Gravil's explication of the historic context of the Romantic era's "system of character" in relation to "Tintern Abbey." Nature as Healer? Wordsworth ascribes curative properties to character in Tintern Abbey. This is a fairly obvious conclusion, drawn from his references to "tranquil restoration" (31) that his memory of the Wye provided him "in lonely rooms, and mid the din / Of cities and towns" (26-27). It's likewise evident in his admonition to Dorothy that she allowed her : memory be as a dwelling-place For all sweet sounds and harmonies-oh then If solitude, or fear, or pain, or despair Should be thy portion, with what healing thoughts Of tender joy wilt thou remember me And these my exhortations. (142-147) These passages make little doubt that Wordsworth treats character as a recuperative force at the poem, but his treatment of character moves outside the idea of character as healer in his description of the Wye Valley has some darker undertones. Nature in this poem isn't so much threatening since it is dangerously indifferent to humanity. The impact that character has on one is, I believe, decided primarily by the position in connection to the organic world. The mention of the "vagrant dwellers in the houseless woods, / Or of some hermit's cave, where by his fire the hermit sits alone" (21-24) early in the poem reminds us that a.. .