By Thomas Hardy
'Elfride Swancourt was once a woman whose feelings lay very close to the surface.'
Elfride is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a distant sea-swept parish in Cornwall in line with St Juliot, the place Hardy begun the booklet through the first days of his courtship of his first spouse Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little event of the area past, and turns into entangled with males: the boyish architect, Stephen Smith, and the older literary guy, Henry Knight. the previous buddies turn into opponents, and Elfride faces an agonizing selection.
Written at an important time in Hardy's lifestyles, a couple of Blue Eyes expresses extra at once than any of his novels the occasions and social forces that made him the author he was once. Elfride's hassle mirrors the tricky selection Hardy himself needed to make with this novel: to pursue the career of structure, the place he used to be validated, or literature, the place he had but to make his identify?
Readership: scholars and readers of English Literature, the unconventional, Thomas Hardy, the improvement of the unconventional, Victorian reviews
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Extra info for A Pair of Blue Eyes (Oxford World's Classics) (2005 Edition)
1856–62 Articled to Dorchester architect John Hicks; later his assistant; late 1850s, important friendship with Horace Moule (eight years older, middle-class, and Cambridge-educated) who becomes his intellectual mentor and encourages his self-education in the classics. 1857 1858 1859 1860 1861 xlix Historical and Cultural Background Crimean War ends; Victoria Cross for bravery instituted. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh (lengthy and melodramatic verse narrative of a woman writer’s life) Matrimonial Causes Act makes divorce possible without an Act of Parliament, but on unequal terms for men and women.
Hardy and Emma continue to live at Max Gate but are now estranged and ‘kept separate’. 1899–1902 1900 1901 1902 Poems of the Past and the Present (post-dated 1902) Macmillan becomes his publisher. 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 Hardy’s mother, Jemima, the single most important inﬂuence in his life, dies. Part 1 of The Dynasts (epic drama in verse on Napoleon) published. At about this time Hardy meets Florence Emily Dugdale, his future second wife, then aged 26. She is soon a friend of Hardy and Emma, and his part-time secretary.
A poor Widow. a Peer. his Wife. two little Girls. a dazed Factotum. a Master-mason. his Wife. a Sexton. a Maid-servant. , etc. THE SCENE Oﬀ-Wessex, or Lyonnesse,* on the outskirts of Lower Wessex.