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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.

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“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….”

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[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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