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Thomas Hardy was a British novelist, short story writer, and poet of the Naturalist movement. Hardy was born in Dorsetshire, with whose scenery he has made his readers familiar; bred an architect; first earned popularity in 1874 by his "Far from the Madding Crowd," which was followed by, among others, "The Return of the Native," "The Woodlanders," and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," the last in 1892, books which require to be read in order to appreciate the genius of the author; b. 1840.


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Quote Left It appears that ordinary men take wives because possession is not possible without marriage, and that ordinary women accept husbands because m... Quote Right
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Quote Left There was no exaggeration in Marian's definition of Flintcomb-Ash farm as a starve-acre place. The single fat thing on the soil was Marian herself; and she was an importation. Of the three classes of village, the village cared for by its lord, the village cared for by itself, and the village uncared for either by itself or by its lord (in other words, the village of a resident squires's tenantry, the village of free or copy-holders, and the absentee-owner's village, farmed with the land) this place, Flintcomb-Ash, was the third. But Tess set to work. Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity, was now no longer a minor feature in Mrs Angel Clare; and it sustained her. Quote Right
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Quote Left A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. Quote Right
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Quote Left "I can make you happy," said he to the back of her head, across the bush. "You shall have a piano in a year or two—farmers' wives are gettin... Quote Right
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Quote Left A man's silence is wonderful to listen to. Quote Right
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