The Pessimism of Thomas Hardy

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1976 - 518 стор.
Explains the social reasons for Thomas Hardy's consistent pessimism expressed in all his major works. The author contends that this came from the failure of bourgeois society to correct the anachronisms in the social machinery of the day.

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PREFACE
9
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
15
A Critic of a Critic
23
Wessex
47
London
65
The Novels
108
The London Novels
161
Constancy and Change
214
The Dynasts
289
Europe in Throes
303
The Criticism of The Dynasts
373
A Philosophy of Experience
404
Chart of Thomas Hardys Serialized Novels
452
BIBLIOGRAPHY
492
INDEX
501
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Pale Beech and Pine So Blue
246

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Сторінка 75 - NELSON (suddenly) What are you thinking, that you speak no word? HARDY (waking from a short reverie) Thoughts all confused, my lord : — their needs on deck, Your own sad state, and your unrivalled past; Mixed up with flashes of old things afar — Old childish things at home, down Wessex way, In the snug village under Blackdon Hill Where I was born. The tumbling stream, the garden, The placid look of the grey dial there, Marking unconsciously this bloody hour, And the red apples on my father's...
Сторінка 429 - Are God and Nature then at strife, That Nature lends such evil dreams? So careful of the 'type she seems, So careless of the single life...
Сторінка 141 - On older trees still than these huge lobes of fungi grew like lungs. Here, as everywhere, the Unfulfilled Intention, which makes life what it is, was as obvious as it could be among the depraved crowds of a city slum. The leaf was deformed, the curve was crippled, the taper was interrupted ; the lichen ate the vigour of the stalk, and the ivy slowly strangled to death the promising sapling.
Сторінка 250 - WAITING BOTH A STAR looks down at me, And says: "Here I and you Stand, each in our degree. What do you mean to do, — Mean to do? " I say: "For all I know, Wait, and let Time go by, Till my change come," — "Just so." The star says: "So mean I: — So mean I.
Сторінка 31 - Till she who burns with youth, and knows no fixed lot, is bound In spells of law to one she loaths ? and must she drag the chain Of life in weary lust?
Сторінка 136 - The scene seemed to belong to the ancient world of the carboniferous period, when the forms of plants were few, and of the fern kind; when there was neither bud nor blossom, nothing but a monotonous extent of leafage, amid which no bird sang.
Сторінка 149 - That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger To sound what stop she please. Give me that man That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee.
Сторінка 430 - Thule : human souls may find themselves in closer and closer harmony with external things wearing a sombreness distasteful to our race when it was young. The time seems near, if it has not actually arrived, when the chastened sublimity of a moor, a sea, or a mountain will be all of nature that is absolutely in keeping with the moods of the more thinking among mankind.

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