It is thought by antiquarians that ruins such as Stonehenge may have an origin earlier than the Romans, with some boldly speculating they were first built by the Druids - but be that as it may, it is to Wiltshire that Strange travels to make his first attempt to apprentice himself to a magician. His intended tutor is Maria Absalom, whom he has summoned to appear to him in a dream. Unfortunately Mr Segundus blunders into the same dream and frightens the lady off. It is no matter, however. Mr Segundus and his friend Honeyfoot counsel Strange to make an approach to Gilbert Norrell himself, which eventually he does. The rest is destiny.
The Greysteels, whom Strange meets on his travels, are a Wiltshire family.