Netherfield’s a small town. Practically everybody knows everybody. They all know each other’s habits and quirks. There are the town eccentrics. (We’re looking at you, Miranda Milan!) And the people of the town all manage to keep a few secrets from each other. It’s sort of like Peyton Place, if Peyton Place had ghosts and magical fortune tellers wandering around it.
Jane’s still a newcomer to town. So in the this chapter, she gets a chance to interact with a number of people, including one town resident who’s famous and unknown at the same time. And Jane stumbles into secrets, sometimes without even knowing that she has. Just as Jane’s communing with nature was a bit mysterious, so will be her “Communing with people” in chapter 9 of Summer of the Netherfield Witch.