Study Guide

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Chapter 0

By Neil Gaiman

Chapter 0


  • The narrator describes a duck pond in the back of a farm. According to Lettie Hempstock it's an ocean, and they'd all come across it from the old country. Her mom says the old country sunk. Her grandmother, Old Mrs. Hempstock, says they're both wrong: the place that sunk wasn't the really old country—the really old country blew up. Are you confused? We're confused.