Far from the madding crowd
Thomas Hardy
Literature & Fiction
Far from the madding crowd

- WHEN Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, exten- ding upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun. His Christian name was Gabriel, and on working days he was a young man of sound judgment, easy motions, proper dress, and general good character. On Sundays he was a man of misty views, rather given to post- poning, and hampered by his best clothes and umbrella: upon the whole, one who felt himself to occupy morally that vast middle space of Laodicean neutrality which lay between the Communion people of the parish and the drunken section, - that is, he went to church, but yawned privately by the time the congregation reached the Nicene creed, and thought of what there would be for dinner when he meant to be listening to the sermon. Or, to state his character as it stood in the scale of public opinion, when his friends and critics were in tantrums, he was considered rather a bad man; when they were pleased, he was rather a good man; when they were neither, he was a man whose moral colour was a kind of pepper-and-salt mixture.

1. Chapter I
Description of Farmer Oak - An Incident
2. Chapter II
3. Night — The Flock — An Interior — Another Interior
4. Chapter III
A Girl on Horseback — Conversation
5. Chapter IV
Gabriel’s Resolve — The Visit — The Mistake
6. Chapter V
Departure of Bathsheba - Pastoral Tragedy
7. Chapter VI
The Fair — The Journey — The Fire
8. Chapter VII
Recognition — A Timid Girl
9. Chapter VIII
The Malthouse — The Chat — News
10. Chapter IX
The Homestead — A Visitor — Half-Confidences
11. Chapter X
Mistress and Men
12. Chapter XI
Outside The Barracks — Snow — A Meeting
13. Chapter XII
Farmers — A Rule — In Exception
14. Chapter XIII
Sortes Sanctorum — The Valentine
15. Chapter XIV
Effect of the Letter — Sunrise
16. Chapter XV
A Morning Meeting — The Letter Again
17. Chapter XVI
All Saints' And All Souls'
18. Chapter XVII
In the Market-Place
19. Chapter XVIII
Boldwood In Meditation — Regret
20. Chapter XIX
The Sheep-Washing — The Offer
21. Chapter XX
Perplexity — Grinding The Shears — A Quarrel
22. Chapter XXI
Troubles in the Fold — A Message
23. Chapter XXII
The Great Barn And The Sheep-Shearers
24. Chapter XXIII
Eventide — A Second Declaration
25. Chapter XXIV
The Same Night — The Fir Plantation
26. Chapter XXV
The New Acquaintance Described
27. Chapter XXVI
Scene On The Verge Of The Hay-Mead
28. Chapter XXVII
Hiving The Bees
29. Chapter XXVIII
The Hollow Amid The Ferns
30. Chapter XXIX
Particulars Of A Twilight Walk
31. Chapter XXX
Hot Cheeks And Tearful Eyes
32. Chapter XXXI
Blame — Fury
33. Chapter XXXII
Night — Horses Tramping
34. Chapter XXXIII
In The Sun — A Harbinger
35. Chapter XXXIV
Home Again — A Trickster
36. Chapter XXXV
At An Upper Window
37. Chapter XXXVI
Wealthy in Jeopardy — The Revel
38. Chapter XXXVII
The Storm — The Two Together
39. Chapter XXXVIII
Rain — One Solitary Meets Another
40. Chapter XXXIX
Coming Home — A Cry
41. Chapter XL
On Casterbridge Highway
42. Chapter XLI
Suspicion — Fanny Is Sent For
43. Chapter XLII
Joseph And His Burden
44. Chapter XLIII
Fanny’s Revenge
45. Chapter XLIV
Under A Tree — Reaction
46. Chapter XLV
Troy’s Romanticism
47. Chapter XLVI
The Gurgoyle : Its Doings
48. Chapter XLVII
Adventures By The Shore
49. Chapter XLVIII
Doubts Arise — Doubts Linger
50. Chapter XLIX
Oak’s Advancement — A Great Hope
51. Chapter L
The Sheep Fair — Troy Touches His Wife’s Hand
52. Chapter LI
Bathsheba Talks With Her Outrider
53. Chapter LII
Converging Courses. I
54. Chapter LIII
Concurritur — Horae Momento
55. Chapter LIV
After The Shock
56. Chapter LV
The March Following — "Bathsheba Boldwood"
57. Chapter LVI
Beauty in Loneliness — After All
58. Chapter LVII
A Foggy Night And Morning — Conclusion
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