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D H Lawrence's early writing was done in secret, under the guise of 'lessons', at home. The only person to see this very early work was Jessie Chambers, a fellow pupil-teacher and close friend who lived at Haggs Farm. This farm and family provided a second home for the adolescent Lawrence, away from the strains of his own family. Here, he helped with the hay-making, discussed books and organised charades. Haggs Farm was 'Willey Farm', the home of 'Miriam' (Jessie Chambers) in 'Sons and Lovers'.