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Thomas Hardy A Mere Interlude (Penguin Great Loves)
As Baptista travels home to marry her parents' old neighbour, she ...
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Two on a Tower - Thomas HardyLove under the stars. (568 words)
by J_Russell - written on 22/12/09 (Very useful, 103 readings)
smug, he is something of an ecclesiastical straw man, whose humiliation, however deserved, makes uncomfortable reading. The concluding sentence seems a deliberate and distracting provocation (to Emma Hardy, perhaps?). My point is not that the Victorian Church was not ripe for criticism, but that Hardy s presentation of the Church as a major hindrance to self-realisation sits uneasily with the grand themes of the earlier part of the book. Religion may have been a moral straightjacket, but Swithin s obsessive pursuit of scientific knowledge is equally the cause of his personal unhappiness, and in Hardy s world the workings of blind fate are every bit as cruel as any ...
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas HardyA Universal Tale (289 words)
by Meddi - written on 04/07/01, updated on 04/07/01 (Useful, 104 readings)
This novel tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors; Gabrial Oak, Sergeant Troy and Farmer Boldwood. They are three very different men, Farmer Oak as his name suggests is strong and dependable, Farmer Boldwood has hidden depths and Sergeant Troy is a dahing, handsome but faithless soldier. Bathesheba is beautiful and independent and this is what attracts the three men. It isn't however simply a love story the characters are well drawn and strong. They belong to a different age, but we can still identify with them. They share the same universal emotions of love, fear, pain and joy. The backdrop to the story is beautifully drawn it illustrates a bygone age where ...
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas HardyThoroughly Modern (92 words)
by jagsman71 - written on 26/08/00, updated on 26/08/00 (Very useful, 115 readings)
Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of a woman who inherits property, struggles to be accepted as a person in her own right despite the attitudes and social etiquette of the time. She is pursued by various admirers and acting upon not-so-sound advice finds herself in many amusing situations, only to find that the person she least expects is ...