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It was the policy of Cornhill Magazine to publish all articles and serializations without a byline, so Hardy surely had no choice in the matter. If you look at volume 29 (January–June 1874), you’ll see that in the same year the magazine included not only Far from the Madding Crowd, but also Young Brown: or, the Law of Inheritance (by Eustace Clare Grenville ...


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My interpretation is that Poorgrass gets a ha’penny bonus if the pig-killing is a ‘bad one’. Hardy is known to have been opposed to the prevalence of inhumane pig slaughter and in particular the practice of slow-bleeding. We can see this represented in Jude’s revulsion at the cruelty of Arabella’s preferred methods in Jude the Obscure. In ‘Food in the ...


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Far From the Madding Crowd largely takes place in the countryside, and the literal meaning of the title, a place far away from the crazed/wild crowd, evokes an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity. This was partly a reaction of Hardy's on account of the birth of industrialisation around the time of writing, when the English countryside was a refuge from the ...


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