The Hand of Ethelberta
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The Hand of Ethelberta

By Thomas Hardy
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Young Mrs. Petherwin stepped from the door of an old and well-appointed inn in a Wessex town to take a country walk. By her look and carriage she appeared to belong to that gentle order of society which has no worldly sorrow except when its jewellery gets stolen; but, as a fact not generally known, her claim to distinction was rather one of brains than of blood. She was the daughter of a gentleman who lived in a large house not his own, and began life as a baby christened Ethelberta after an infant of title who does not come into the story at all, having merely furnished Ethelberta's mother with a subject of contemplation. She became teacher in a school, was praised by examiners, admired by gentlemen, not admired by gentlewomen, was touched up with accomp-lishments by masters who were coaxed into painstaking by her many graces, and, entering a mansion as governess to the daughter thereof, was stealthily married by the son. He, a minor like herself, died from a chill caught during the wedding tour, and a few weeks later was followed into the grave by Sir Ralph Petherwin, his unforgiving father, who had bequeathed his wealth to his wife absolutely.

Table of Contents
  • The Hand of Ethelberta, by Thomas Hardy
  • THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA—A COMEDY IN CHAPTERS by Thomas Hardy.
    • PREFACE
    • CONTENTS
    • 1. A STREET IN ANGLEBURY—A HEATH NEAR IT—INSIDE THE ‘RED LION’ INN
    • 2. CHRISTOPHER’S HOUSE—SANDBOURNE TOWN—SANDBOURNE MOOR
    • 3. SANDBOURNE MOOR (continued)
    • 4. SANDBOURNE PIER—ROAD TO WYNDWAY—BALL-ROOM IN WYNDWAY HOUSE
    • 5. AT THE WINDOW—THE ROAD HOME
    • 6. THE SHORE BY WYNDWAY
    • 7. THE DINING-ROOM OF A TOWN HOUSE—THE BUTLER’S PANTRY
    • 8. CHRISTOPHER’S LODGINGS—THE GROUNDS ABOUT ROOKINGTON
    • 9. A LADY’S DRAWING-ROOMS—ETHELBERTA’S DRESSING-ROOM
    • 10. LADY PETHERWIN’S HOUSE
    • 11. SANDBOURNE AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD—SOME LONDON STREETS
    • 12. ARROWTHORNE PARK AND LODGE
    • 13. THE LODGE (continued)—THE COPSE BEHIND
    • 14. A TURNPIKE ROAD
    • 15. AN INNER ROOM AT THE LODGE
    • 16. A LARGE PUBLIC HALL
    • 17. ETHELBERTA’S HOUSE
    • 18. NEAR SANDBOURNE—LONDON STREETS—ETHELBERTA’S
    • 19. ETHELBERTA’S DRAWING-ROOM
    • 20. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF THE HALL—THE ROAD HOME
    • 21. A STREET—NEIGH’S ROOMS—CHRISTOPHER’S ROOMS
    • 22. ETHELBERTA’S HOUSE
    • 23. ETHELBERTA’S HOUSE (continued)
    • 24. ETHELBERTA’S HOUSE (continued)—THE BRITISH MUSEUM
    • 25. THE ROYAL ACADEMY—THE FARNFIELD ESTATE
    • 26. ETHELBERTA’S DRAWING-ROOM
    • 27. MRS. BELMAINE’S—CRIPPLEGATE CHURCH
    • 28. ETHELBERTA’S—MR. CHICKEREL’S ROOM
    • 29. ETHELBERTA’S DRESSING-ROOM—MR. DONCASTLE’S HOUSE
    • 30. ON THE HOUSETOP
    • 31. KNOLLSEA—A LOFTY DOWN—A RUINED CASTLE
    • 32. A ROOM IN ENCKWORTH COURT
    • 33. THE ENGLISH CHANNEL—NORMANDY
    • 34. THE HÔTEL BEAU SÉJOUR AND SPOTS NEAR IT
    • 35. THE HOTEL (continued), AND THE QUAY IN FRONT
    • 36. THE HOUSE IN TOWN
    • 37. KNOLLSEA—AN ORNAMENTAL VILLA
    • 38. ENCKWORTH COURT
    • 39. KNOLLSEA—MELCHESTER
    • 40. MELCHESTER (continued)
    • 41. WORKSHOPS—AN INN—THE STREET
    • 42. THE DONCASTLES’ RESIDENCE, AND OUTSIDE THE SAME
    • 43. THE RAILWAY—THE SEA—THE SHORE BEYOND
    • 44. SANDBOURNE—A LONELY HEATH—THE ‘RED LION’—THE HIGHWAY
    • 45. KNOLLSEA—THE ROAD THENCE—ENCKWORTH
    • 46. ENCKWORTH (continued)—THE ANGLEBURY HIGHWAY
    • 47. ENCKWORTH AND ITS PRECINCTS—MELCHESTER
    • SEQUEL. ANGLEBURY—ENCKWORTH—SANDBOURNE
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