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Daily Snippet #14: Page 134 / 100 Words

Thomas Hardy. A Pair of Blue Eyes. Introduction by Alan Manford. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1985. Originally published in book form in 1873, after first being serialized in Tinsley’s Magazine between September 1872 and July 1873.


“Elfride had never told her father of the four-and-twenty-hours’ escapade with Stephen, nor had it, to her knowledge, come to his ears by any other route. It was a secret trouble and grief to the girl for a short time, and Stephen’s departure was another ingredient in her sorrow. But Elfride possessed special facilities for getting rid of trouble after a decent interval. Whilst a slow nature was imbibing a misfortune little by little, she had swallowed the whole agony of it at a draught and was brightening again. She could slough off a sadness and replace it by a….”




[Set in the romantic and rugged Cornwall (think Poldark!) of Hardy’s own courtship of Emma, his first wife – this is an early work of Hardy’s, and the first to be published with his name on the title page. Once you have read this, you must then read / re-read John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969)]





Thomas Hardy, image from Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division, via Wikipedia.

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