Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership. Critical notices were plentiful and mostly positive.
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There was a bright air and manner about her now, by which she seemed to imply that the desirability of her existence could not be questioned; and this rather saucy assumption failed in being offensive because a beholder felt it to be, upon the whole, true
When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears

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