Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

INTRODUCTION:  It sometimes seems as if Thomas Hardy has it in for the innocent, though it would be more accurate to say that he thought his society did (and he tried to reveal and critique the cruelties of his time through his writing).

See, for example, the scene in Far from the Madding Crowd in which a young woman, cast out by her lover, pregnant, and sick, is helped to safety by a stray dog.  The woman makes it indoors, but the dog is shut out on its own.  Hardy is known for his strong attachment to animals (and his elaborate pet cemetery).  The following annotated text began as an ironic inquiry into what this author has against sheep (which he kills off in large numbers in his novels), but then – as often happens in proximity with Hardy – ended tragically.

ANNOTATED DOCUMENT:  HardyThomas_FarfromtheMaddingCrowd

Annotations by:  Rachel Linn

Photos by:  Rachel Linn & Jessica Campbell

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