By Thomas Hardy
While Elfrise Swanston meets Stephen Smith she is drawn to his good-looking face, mild bearing and the feel of poser which surrounds him. even though distressed to discover that the secret is composed purely within the humbleness of his origins, she is still real to their younger vows. yet societal pressures, and the arrival of some of the best Henry Knight, ultimately displace her affections. Knight, besides the fact that, proves to be an uncompromising moralist who, enthusiastic about fears approximately Elfride's sexual earlier, destroys her happiness.
Writing of the fight among periods and sexes, Hardy drew seriously on his personal relationships, and within the advent, Pamela Dalziel discovers attention-grabbing parallels among Hardy's lifestyles and his paintings.
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The more base characters speak a guttural if elaborate patois: 舠 舖Gone stark mad as any Tom o舗 Bedlam! 舗 舡 (p. 28). The aristocrats are no less orotund, even when condemning one of their own to death: 舠 舖Alack, how I have longed for this sweet hour! and lo, too late it cometh, and I am robbed of this so coveted chance. But speed ye, speed ye! let others do this happy office [that is, a beheading] sith 舖tis denied to me舗 舡 (p. 47). This is not the Mark Twain the reading public was used to舒we are a long way from Tom, Huck, and Pudd舗nhead.
Said he: 舠Marry, that would I not mislike. 舡 舠That would I like also. 舡 舠In summer, sir, we wade and swim in the canals and in the river, and each doth duck his neighbor, and spatter him with water, and dive and shout and tumble and舒舡 舠舗Twould be worth my father舗s kingdom but to enjoy it once! 舡 舠Oh, prithee, say no more, 舖tis glorious! 舡 舠And if that I could clothe me once, sweet sir, as thou art clad舒just once舒舡 舠Oho, wouldst like it? Then so shall it be. Doff thy rags, and don these splendors, lad!
It may be that the wise and the learned believed it in the old days; it may be that only the unlearned and the simple loved it and credited it. ) FROM THE NATIONAL MANUSCRIPTS PRESERVED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT Š Š Ryght honorable, Salutem in Christo Jesu, and Syr here ys no lesse joynge and rejossynge in thes partees for the byrth of our prynce, hoom we hungurde for so longe, then ther was (I trow), inter vicinos att the byrth of S. I. Baptyste, as thys berer, Master Erance, can telle you. Gode gyffe us alle grace, to yelde dew thankes to our Lorde Gode, Gode of Inglonde, for verely He hathe shoyd Hym selff Gode of Inglonde, or rather an Inglyssh Gode, yf we consydyr and pondyr welle alle Hys procedynges with us from tyme to tyme.