Far from the Madding Crowd

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    Thomas Hardy

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    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

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Far From the Madding Crowd (1874) is 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. Hardy revised the text extensively for the 1895 edition and made further changes for the 1901 edition.


Thomas Hardy(2 June 1840–11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. Charles Dickens was another important influence. Like Dickens, he was highly critical of much in Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society.

He had just reached the time of life at which ‘young’ is ceasing to be the prefix of ‘man’ in speaking of one. He was at the brightest period of masculine growth, for his intellect and his emotions ‘were clearly separated: he had passed the time during which the influence of youth indiscriminately mingles them in the character of impulse, and he had not yet arrived at the stage wherein they become united again, in the character of prejudice, by the influence of a wife and family in short, he was twenty-eight, and a bachelor.

  • CHAPTER ONE Description of Farmer Oak-An Incident

  • CHAPTER TWO Night-The Flock-An Interior-Another Interior

  • CHAPTER THREE A Girl on Horseback-Conversation

  • CHAPTER FOUR Gabriel's Resolve-The Visit-The Mistake

  • CHAPTER FIVE Departure of Bathsheba-A Pastoral Tragedy

  • CHAPTER SIX The Fair-The Journey-The Fire

  • CHAPTER SEVEN Recognition-A Timid Girl

  • CHAPTER EIGHT The Malthouse-The Chat-News

  • CHAPTER NINE The Homestead-A Visitor-Half-Confidences

  • CHAPTER TEN Mistress and Men

  • CHAPTER ELEVEN Outside the Barracks-Snow-A Meeting

  • CHAPTER TWELVE Farmers-A Rule-An Exception

  • CHAPTER THIRTEEN Sortes Sanctorum-The Valentine

  • CHAPTER FOURTEEN Effect of the Letter-Sunrise

  • CHAPTER FIFTEEN A Morning Meeting-The Letter again

  • CHAPTER SIXTEEN All Saints' and All Souls'

  • CHAPTER SEVENTEEN In the Market-place

  • CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Boldwood in Meditation-Regret

  • CHAPTER NINETEEN The Sheep-washing-The Offer

  • CHAPTER TWENTY Perplexity-binding the Shears-A Quarrel

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE Troubles in the Fold-A Message

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO The Great Barn and the Sheep-shearers

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE Eventide-A Second Declaration

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR The same Night-The Fir Plantation

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE The New Acquaintance described

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX Scene on the Verge of the Hay-mead

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN Hiving the Bees

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT The Hollow amid the Ferns

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE Particulars of a Twilight Walk

  • CHAPTER THIRTY Hot Cheeks and Tearful Eyes


  • CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO Night-Horses tramping

  • CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE In the Sun-A Harbinger

  • CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR Home again-A Trickster

  • CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE At an Upper Window

  • CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX Wealth in Jeopardy-The Revel

  • CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN The Storm-The Two together

  • CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT Rain-One Solitary meets another


  • CHAPTER FORTY On Casterbridge Highway

  • CHAPTER FORTY-ONE Suspicion-Fanny is sent for

  • CHAPTER FORTY-TWO Joseph and his Burden-Buck's Head

  • CHAPTER FORTY-THREE Fanny's Revenge

  • CHAPTER FORTY-FOUR Under a Tree-Reaction

  • CHAPTER FORTY-FIVE Troy's Romanticism

  • CHAPTER FORTY-SIX The Gurgoyle: its Doings

  • CHAPTER FORTY-SEVEN Adventures by the Shore

  • CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHT Doubts arise-Doubts hunger

  • CHAPTER FORTY-NINE Oak's Advancement-A Great Hope

  • CHAPTER FIFTY The Sheep Fair-Troy touches his Wife's Hand

  • CHAPTER FIFTY-ONE Bathsheba talks with her Outrider

  • CHAPTER FIFTY-TWO Converging Courses

  • CHAPTER FIFTY-THREE Concurritur-Horæ Momento

  • CHAPTER FIFTY-FOUR After the Shock

  • CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVE The March Following-'Bathsheba Boldwood'

  • CHAPTER FIFTY-SIX Beauty in Loneliness-After All

  • CHAPTER FIFTY-SEVEN A Foggy Night and Morning-Conclusion

  • When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    An excellent discription of a smile which makes me feel that it is the brightest smile in the world.I t touches my heart.

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  • A desolating wind wandered from the north over the hill... 全部评论(2) 去书内

    The description is beautiful!

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  • It was a fatal omission of Boldwood's that he had never... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    It is undeniable that most of women love being admired no matter whether the admiration is true or not.And from the story,It is not hard to find that Bathsheba was captured by Sergeant’s direct admiration.It is a great pity for Boldwood,who almost her agreement to his offer.

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  • and object on earth you seem to me-nobody knows-God only... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    Evidently,the sentence shows greatly deep love of Blodwood for Bathsheba thoroughly.Yet I cannot help wondering his love is really so deep and how it becomes so deep.Before Boldwood received the mischievous valentine from Bathsheba,he did not pay more attention to her,seeing beautiful Bathsheba a simple and indifferent farmer.And then because of the valentine,he started to take notice of Bathsheba and study her.After a few time’s hesitation,he asked her to marry him,which shocked me as well as Bathsheba.As far as I’m concerned,he hasn’t figure out which kind of person Bathsheba is,such as her personality, hobby and etc.Thus,he actually fell in love with Bathsheba in his imagination but not the true Bathsheba.

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  • The disturbance was as the first floating weed to... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    Out of question, it is a subtle analogy,because it vividly and concisely shows the great impact of the valentine on Mr Boldwood.A floating weed,greatly little,did mean a lot to Columbus.An unnamed valentine can’t prove anything but mean many possibilities.From the performance of the Blodwood,it is easy to come to a conclusion that the valentine or the possibilities behind the valentine has disturbed his mind and made he pay more attention to Bathsheba.

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  • 'The fact is, I forgot to ask. Your coming like this is... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    Reading this chapter,I always felt he was lying to her.In my opinion,he wasn’t willing to marry her.When they were together,he might say it to cheer her up.Men are always good at blandishments.And the following story is a good case in point to prove that Sergeant Troy is expert in blandishments.Yet,out of my expectation,in the next chapter,he was present in the church and prepared to marry with Fanny.More unexpectedly,Fanny went to the wrong place and missed the wedding,and Sergeant rejected to marry her.How ridiculous it is!I am wordless.

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  • Well, ma'am, in round numbers, she's run away with... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    When reading this sentence,I remember the sister of heroines in Pride and Prejudge.And I can’t help wondering this kind of thing often happened at that time.In addition,no wonder Fanny became so scared when meeting Gabriel and asked he not to tell everyone he has met her.What’s more,from my perspective,the result of this king girl will not be good and even miserable,so I can’t stop worrying about her.

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  • But wisdom lies in moderating mere impressions, and Gabriel... 全部评论(1) 去书内

     In my opinion,it is very sound advice that wisdom lies in moderating mere impressions.Just as the saying goes,curiosity kills the cat.No one can deny that the more one know,the more dangerous he is.Thus,wise people always try their best to avoid knowing much thing.And when they have known something that can’t be known,in order to keep them away from trouble and danger,they pretended not knowing it and even spared no effort to forget it.However,there are a great many people,without realizing that,clinging to secrets driven by curiosity,which engenders unexpected problem.Consequently,forget those that you should not know,or you may get into trouble.

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  • The bailiff was pointed out to Gabriel, who, checking the... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    Well,I have to admit I can’t got the point of the sentence.And I even don’t have the foggiest idea what the sentence actually mean and what Gabriel was thinking.Still,the sentence seem be greatly interesting.After reading carefully,I possibly figure out its superficial mean.Before he was aware that Bathsheba was mistress of farm,what Gabriel knew about mistress was totally from other people’s mouth so the mistress was like Ashtoreth of strange report.Having known it,in his mind,he was familiar with Bathsheba so Ashoreth became the well-known and admired Venus.But why did he use Ashtoreth and Venus as analogy?Just for they are in charge of love?

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  • George's son had done his work so thoroughly that he was... 全部评论(1) 去书内

    As far as I am concerned,I also often spare no effort to find a logical reason of a great many many thing as possible as I can,neglecting the true that not anything has a reasonable explanation,so I suffered unhappiness.Maybe it is of great significance to keep it in mind that the world is full of compromise,and then not split hairs any more.

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