Thomas Hardy

Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership. Critical notices were plentiful and mostly positive.
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    The gatekeeper surveyed the retreating vehicle. "That's a handsome maid," he said to Oak.

    "But she has her faults," said Gabriel.

    "True, farmer."

    "And the greatest of them is—well, what it is always."

    "Beating people down? ay, 'tis so."

    "O no."

    "What, then?"

    Gabriel, perhaps a little piqued by the comely traveller's indifference, glanced back to where he had witnessed her performance over the hedge, and said, "Vanity."
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    It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in.
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    It wouldn't do, Mr Oak. I want somebody to tame me; I am too independent; and you would never be able to, I know."

    Oak cast his eyes down the

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