Under the Greenwood Tree; Or, The Mellstock Quire A Rural Painting of the Dutch School
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Under the Greenwood Tree; Or, The Mellstock Quire A Rural Painting of the Dutch School

By Thomas Hardy
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Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School is a novel by Thomas Hardy, published anonymously in 1872. It was Hardy's second published novel, the last to be printed without his name, and the first of his great series of Wessex novels. Whilst Hardy originally thought of simply calling it The Mellstock Quire, he settled on a title taken from a song in Shakespeare's As You Like It (Act II, Scene V).
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Table of Contents
  • Under the Greenwood Tree, by Thomas Hardy
  • UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE or THE MELLSTOCK QUIRE A RURAL PAINTING OF THE DUTCH SCHOOL by Thomas Hardy
    • PREFACE
    • PART THE FIRST—WINTER
      • CHAPTER I: MELLSTOCK-LANE
      • CHAPTER II: THE TRANTER’S
      • CHAPTER III: THE ASSEMBLED QUIRE
      • CHAPTER IV: GOING THE ROUNDS
      • CHAPTER V: THE LISTENERS
      • CHAPTER VI: CHRISTMAS MORNING
      • CHAPTER VII: THE TRANTER’S PARTY
      • CHAPTER VIII: THEY DANCE MORE WILDLY
      • CHAPTER IX: DICK CALLS AT THE SCHOOL
    • PART THE SECOND—SPRING
      • CHAPTER I: PASSING BY THE SCHOOL
      • CHAPTER II: A MEETING OF THE QUIRE
      • CHAPTER III: A TURN IN THE DISCUSSION
      • CHAPTER IV: THE INTERVIEW WITH THE VICAR
      • CHAPTER V: RETURNING HOME WARD
      • CHAPTER VI: YALBURY WOOD AND THE KEEPER’S HOUSE
      • CHAPTER VII: DICK MAKES HIMSELF USEFUL
      • CHAPTER VIII: DICK MEETS HIS FATHER
    • PART THE THIRD—SUMMER
      • CHAPTER I: DRIVING OUT OF BUDMOUTH
      • CHAPTER II: FURTHER ALONG THE ROAD
      • CHAPTER III: A CONFESSION
      • CHAPTER IV: AN ARRANGEMENT
    • PART THE FOURTH—AUTUMN
      • CHAPTER I: GOING NUTTING
      • CHAPTER II: HONEY-TAKING, AND AFTERWARDS
      • CHAPTER III: FANCY IN THE RAIN
      • CHAPTER IV: THE SPELL
      • CHAPTER V: AFTER GAINING HER POINT
      • CHAPTER VI: INTO TEMPTATION
      • CHAPTER VII: SECOND THOUGHTS
    • PART THE FIFTH: CONCLUSION
      • CHAPTER I: ‘THE KNOT THERE’S NO UNTYING’
      • CHAPTER II: UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE
    • Footnotes:
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