Far From the Madding CrowdBook
Far From the Madding Crowd, published in 1874, is the book that made Hardy famous.
Bathsheba Everdene is a prosperous farmer in Hardy's fictional Wessex county whose strong-minded independence and vanity lead to disastrous consequences for her and the three very different men who pursue her: the obsessed farmer William Boldwood, dashing and seductive Sergeant Frank Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak.
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, as Bathsheba and her suitors move through a beautifully realized late-nineteenth-century agrarian landscape that is still almost untouched by the industrial revolution and the encroachment of modern life. With an introduction by Michael Slater
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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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