FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
RELEASE DATE: 2015/04/28Book - 2015
Despite the violent ends of several of its major characters, Far from the Madding Crowd is the sunniest and least brooding of Hardy's great novels. The strong-minded Bathsheba Everdene--and the devoted shepherd, obsessed farmer, and dashing soldier who vie for her favor--move through a beautifully realized late nineteenth-century agrarian landscape, still almost untouched by the industrial revolution and the encroachment of modern life.
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Gabriel Oak selflessly stands by Bathsheba as she falls victim to her repeated amorous caprices, as unaware as she of the stroke of Fate that will effect their ultimate union.
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No, Shepherd Oak, no! Listen to reason, shepherd. All that's the matter with me is the affliction called a multiplying eye, and that's how it is I look double to you-I mean, you look double to me.
When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.
[Bathsheba Everdene, our 19th century Bachelorette. Just who will she give the final rose to? Will it be...]
Gabriel Oak: "I shall do one thing in this life--one thing certain--that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die."
William Boldwood: "My life is a burden without you. I want you--I want you to let me say I love you again and again!"
Francis "Frank" Troy: "Upon my heart, women will be the death of me!"
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