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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy is a varied book. A lot of it is fairly bleak but overall it is much less so than Tess of the D'Urbervilles and it has a more or less happy ending.

There are two main characters who do wrong in the book. The first is Bathsheba Everdene who foolishly plays with Mr Boldwood's feelings and leads him on by sending him a Valentine with the words "Marry me" on it as a joke. It is portrayed as a foolish deed and something she lives to sorely regret illustrating clear consequences to wrong actions. The second is Sergeant Troy who behaves dishonourably towards more than one woman. He is portrayed throughout as a villain and his misdeeds are certainly punished in the end.

Overall I am quite happy to keep this book as it clearly distinguishes good/bad and right/wrong and has much discussion on the wisdom of various characters' actions. I particularly like that it shows the great folly in leading someone on in regard to your affections for them.


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