Yesterday I visited a friend in southern Vermont and decided to drive by the alma mater of Jean "Davy" Palmer Davis, wife of Sheldon Vanauken, the author of A Severe Mercy. Vanauken wrote in another book, The Little Lost Marion and other Mercies, that after giving birth to a child out of wedlock, "Davy was sent to a good prep school for girls." Of course, this took place long before Van and Davy "met angrily in the dead of winter".
In researching my book, Sheldon Vanauken: The Man who Received "A Severe Mercy", I discovered that Davy's prep school had been Troy Conference Academy. This prep school later became Green Mountain College which you can read about here: Green Mountain College.
Thus, being in the area, and still being fascinated with all things having to do with the lives of Van and Davy, I drove to Poultney, Vermont and snapped the photo above, outside the gates of the college.
Here's a photo from my book of Davy in her younger years. It was given to me by Davy's daughter, the little lost Marion who is no longer lost.
Go under the Mercy!