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A Pair of Blue Eyes (Oxford World's Classics) (2005 Edition) by Thomas Hardy

By Thomas Hardy

'Elfride Swancourt was once a lady whose feelings lay very close to the surface.'

Elfride is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a distant sea-swept parish in Cornwall in accordance with St Juliot, the place Hardy all started the booklet through the first days of his courtship of his first spouse Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little event of the area past, and turns into entangled with males: the boyish architect, Stephen Smith, and the older literary guy, Henry Knight. the previous acquaintances develop into opponents, and Elfride faces an agonizing selection.

Written at an important time in Hardy's lifestyles, a couple of Blue Eyes expresses extra without delay than any of his novels the occasions and social forces that made him the author he used to be. Elfride's trouble mirrors the tricky selection Hardy himself needed to make with this novel: to pursue the career of structure, the place he was once tested, or literature, the place he had but to make his identify?

Readership: scholars and readers of English Literature, the radical, Thomas Hardy, the advance of the unconventional, Victorian experiences

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81 82 xxxviii Introduction Chapter VII of the first edition; Hardy later substituted ‘cried’). Whether he believed, as Knight did, that a time was ‘coming when every man will pronounce even the common words of his own tongue as seems right in his own ears, and be thought none the worse for it; that the speaking age is passing away, to make room for the writing age’ (p. 49), is unclear. He would soon have learned that writing could not completely conceal the ‘irrepressible cloven foot of the upstart’ (p.

Thomas Hardy: The Critical Heritage, 31. 81 82 xxxviii Introduction Chapter VII of the first edition; Hardy later substituted ‘cried’). Whether he believed, as Knight did, that a time was ‘coming when every man will pronounce even the common words of his own tongue as seems right in his own ears, and be thought none the worse for it; that the speaking age is passing away, to make room for the writing age’ (p. 49), is unclear. He would soon have learned that writing could not completely conceal the ‘irrepressible cloven foot of the upstart’ (p.

Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Kipling, The Jungle Book Oscar Wilde jailed for homosexual offences; serves three years. The first Bristol electric tramway. G. ). Death of William Morris. Wells, The Island of Dr Moreau Chronology Life 1897 The Well-Beloved, a newly rewritten version of the 1892 serial, added to the Wessex Novels as volume xvii. From now on he only publishes the poetry he has been writing since the 1860s. 1898 Wessex Poems and Other Verses. Hardy and Emma continue to live at Max Gate but are now estranged and ‘kept separate’.

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