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Far from the Madding Crowd

By Hardy, Thomas

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Book Id: WPLBN0000698946
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Far from the Madding Crowd  
Author: Hardy, Thomas
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Literature & drama
Collection: DjVu Editions Classic Literature
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Historic
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Publisher: DjVu Editions Classic Literature

Excerpt
Excerpt: Chapter 1; DESCRIPTION OF FARMEROAK -- AN INCIDENT -- When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun. His Christian name was Gabriel, and on working days he was a young man of sound judgement, easy motions, proper dress, and general good character. On Sundays he was a man of misty views, rather given to postponing, and hampered by his best clothes and umbrella: upon the whole, one who felt himself to occupy morally that vast middle space of Laodicean neutrality which lay between the Communion people of the parish and the drunken section, --that is, he went to church, but yawned privately by the time the congregation reached the Nicene creed, and thought of what there would be for dinner when he meant to be listening to the sermon. Or, to state his character as it stood in the scale of public opinion, when his friends and critics were in tantrums, he was considered rather a bad man; when they were pleased, he was rather a good man; when they were neither, he was a man whose moral colour was a kind of pepper-and-salt mixture. Since he lived six times as many working-days as Sundays, Oak?s appearance in his old clothes was most peculiarly his own --the mental picture formed by his neighbours in imagining him being always dressed in that way. He wore a low-crowned felt hat, spread out at the base by tight jamming upon the head for security in high winds, and a coat like Dr Johnson?s; his lower extremities being encased in ordinary leather leggings and boots emphatically large, affording to each foot a roomy apartment so constructed that any wearer might stand in a river all day long and know nothing of damp --their maker being a conscientious ...

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: 1 DESCRIPTION OF FARMER OAK? AN INCIDENT, 1 -- 2 NIGHT ? THE FLOCK ? AN INTERIOR ? ANOTHER INTERIOR -- ., 6 -- 3 A GIRL ON HORSEBACK? CONVERSATION, 13 -- 4 GABRIEL?S RESOLVE ? THE VISIT ? THE MISTAKE, 20 -- 5 DEPARTURE OF BATHSHEBA ? A PASTORAL TRAGEDY, 28 -- 6 THE FAIR ?THE JOURNEY? THE FIRE, 32 -- 7 RECOGNITION? A TIMID GIRL, 40 -- 8 THE MALTHOUSE ? THE CHAT ? NEWS, 44 -- 9 THE HOMESTEAD? A VISITOR ? HALF-CONFIDENCES 59 -- 10 MISTRESS AND MEN, 64 -- 11 OUTSIDE THE BARRACKS ? SNOW? A MEETING, 70 -- 12 FARMERS ? A RULE ? IN EXCEPTION, 75 -- 13 SORTES SANCTORUM ? THE VALENTINE, 79 -- 14 EFFECT OF THE LETTER ? SUNRISE, 83 -- 15 A MORNING MEETING? THE LETTER AGAIN, 87 -- 16 ALL SAINTS? AND ALL SOULS?, 96 -- 17 IN THE MARKET-PLACE, 99 -- 18 BOLDWOOD IN MEDITATION ? REGRET, 102 -- 19 THE SHEEP-WASHING ? THE OFFER, 106 -- 20 PERPLEXITY ? GRINDING THE SHEARS ?A QUARREL, 111 -- 21 TROUBLES IN THE FOLD ? A MESSAGE, 116 -- 22 THE GREAT BARN AND THE SHEEP-SHEARERS, 122 -- 23 EVENTIDE?A SECOND DECLARATION, 131 -- 24 THE SAME NIGHT? THE FIR PLANTATION, 137 -- 25 THE NEW ACQUAINTANCE DESCRIBED, 143 -- 26 SCENE ON THE VERGE OF THE HAY-MEAD, 146 -- 27 HIVING THE BEES, 154

 

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