Far from the madding crowd
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Far from the madding crowd

By Thomas Hardy
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- 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.

Table of Contents
  • 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
    • Conclusion
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