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Questions about 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (1874), Thomas Hardy's fourth novel. Use this tag with the [thomas-hardy] tag.

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In Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd,” what is the significance of Bathsheba’s equestrian skills at the beginning of the novel?

Early in Chapter 2 of the novel, Gabriel watches Bathsheba without being observed. Bathsheba is riding a horse and comes to a low branch. She looks around to see if there is anyone about, not seeing ...
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Far from the Madding Crowd: "sexual symbolism intended to cock a snook at Victorian prudery"?

This Guardian review of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd (and its two film adaptations of 1967 and 2015) says that: the plot also contains elements which are far from warm or sunny: murder, ...
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Meaning of "and a good halfpenny where 'twas a bad one" in Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd"

From Far from the Madding Crowd, from the scene in which Bathsheba is paying her workers their wages: "What do you do on the farm?" "I do do carting things all the year, and in seed time I shoots ...
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Why was Far from the Madding Crowd first published anonymously?

I recently learned that Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd was first published anonymously in Cornhill Magazine. As far as I know, publishing novels as monthly serials was reasonably ...
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Why the title Far From the Madding Crowd for the Thomas Hardy novel?

The title of Thomas Hardy's novel Far From the Madding Crowd presumably comes from this famous phrase in Thomas Gray's poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", but I can't really see the ...
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