Desperate remedies
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Desperate remedies
By Thomas Hardy
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Hardy's first published work, Desperate Remedies moves the sensation novel into new territory. The anti-hero, Aeneas Manston, as physically alluring as he is evil, even fascinates the innocent Cytherea, though she is in love with another man. When he cannot seduce her, Manston resorts to deception, blackmail, bigamy, murder, and rape. Yet this compelling story also raises the great questions underlying Hardy's major novels, which relate to the injustice of the class system, the treatment of women, probability and causality. This edition shows for the first time that the sensation novel was always Hardy's natural genre. It is based on the first edition text, and includes later prefaces and the Wessex Poems "dissolved" into prose. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Table of Contents
  • DESPERATE REMEDIES
  • PREFATORY NOTE
  • I. THE EVENTS OF THIRTY YEARS
    • 1. DECEMBER AND JANUARY, 1835-36
  • II. THE EVENTS OF A FORTNIGHT
    • 1. THE NINTH OF JULY
  • III. THE EVENTS OF EIGHT DAYS
    • 1. FROM THE TWENTY-SECOND TO THE TWENTY-SEVENTH OF JULY
  • IV. THE EVENTS OF ONE DAY
    • 1. AUGUST THE FOURTH. TILL FOUR O'CLOCK
  • V. THE EVENTS OF ONE DAY
    • 1. AUGUST THE EIGHTH. MORNING AND AFTERNOON
  • VI. THE EVENTS OF TWELVE HOURS
    • 1. AUGUST THE NINTH. ONE TO TWO O'CLOCK A.M.
  • VII. THE EVENTS OF EIGHTEEN DAYS
    • 1. AUGUST THE SEVENTEENTH
  • VIII. THE EVENTS OF EIGHTEEN DAYS
    • 1. FROM THE THIRD TO THE NINETEENTH OF SEPTEMBER
  • IX. THE EVENTS OF TEN WEEKS
    • 1. FROM SEPTEMBER THE TWENTY-FIRST TO THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER
  • X. THE EVENTS OF A DAY AND NIGHT
    • 1. NOVEMBER THE TWENTY-EIGHTH. UNTIL TEN P.M.
  • XI. THE EVENTS OF FIVE DAYS
    • 1. NOVEMBER THE TWENTY-NINTH
  • XII. THE EVENTS OF TEN MONTHS
    • 1. DECEMBER TO APRIL
  • XIII. THE EVENTS OF ONE DAY
    • 1. THE FIFTH OF JANUARY. BEFORE DAWN
  • XIV. THE EVENTS OF FIVE WEEKS
    • 1. FROM THE SIXTH TO THE THIRTEENTH OF JANUARY
  • XV. THE EVENTS OF THREE WEEKS
    • 1. FROM THE TWELFTH OF FEBRUARY TO THE SECOND OF MARCH
  • XVI. THE EVENTS OF ONE WEEK
    • 1. MARCH THE SIXTH
  • XVII. THE EVENTS OF ONE DAY
    • 1. MARCH THE THIRTEENTH. THREE TO SIX O'CLOCK A.M.
  • XVIII. THE EVENTS OF THREE DAYS
    • 1. MARCH THE EIGHTEENTH
  • XIX. THE EVENTS OF A DAY AND NIGHT
    • 1. MARCH THE TWENTY-FIRST. MORNING
  • XX. THE EVENTS OF THREE HOURS
    • 1. MARCH THE TWENTY-THIRD. MIDDAY
  • XXI. THE EVENTS OF EIGHTEEN HOURS
    • 1. MARCH THE TWENTY-NINTH. NOON
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