If these ten nodes are only interconnected with themselves they -of 
course- have no access to the larger network and therefore form a small 
private, albeit darknet, network.
If one of the nodes is connected to the "global" darknet, then the ten 
nodes have access to the global darknet but routing might be impaired as 
the other nine nodes will not connect to the darknet.

Opennet is a completely different story as nodes are seeded by seednodes 
(therefore private networks are possible if the nodes don't access the 
seednodes, but by default opennet nodes ask seednodes).
Also opennet nodes do swap informations about their peers, so nodes 
without knowledge of other nodes might come across new noderefs and 
connect to previously unknown nodes to enhance connectivity.

Hope this helped

Peter S wrote:
> Just a simple question; 10 peers, none using opennet, and all 
> interconnected with each node having the other 9 in their trusted 
> peers list .. will they be able to access the 'actual freenet', or is 
> this just a small private and closed circle, with only the content 
> they publish inside that circle available?
> If 10 peers in a closed loop as described /can/ access the freenet, I 
> just don't understand HOW that's possible without talking to other 
> nodes in an opennet fashion and somewhat compromising the closed loop.
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