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An obsolete unit of land area equivalent to 120 acres.
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The romantic city girl with dreams of going back to the land learns to break horses, chop wood, track and hunt, butcher animals, and tan hides. Her day to day life, her isolation, and her physical and emotional dependence on a hard and sometimes cruel man recall the lives of countless frontier women of the previous century.
For example: when I lived in the basement apartment in Washington, D.C., I could still tan hides (a favorite hobby).