Far From the Madding CrowdeBook - 2010
HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. Here is one of Thomas Hardy's most popular novels, soon to be released as a major motion picture in May 2015.
'I shall do one thing in this life - one thing certain - that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die'
Independent and spirited, Bathsheba Everdene owns the hearts of three men. Striving to win her love in different ways, their relationships with Bathsheba complicate her life in bucolic Wessex - and cast shadows over their own. With the morals and expectations of rural society weighing heavily upon her, Bathsheba experiences the torture of unrequited love and betrayal, and discovers how random acts of chance and tragedy can dramatically alter life's course.
The first of Hardy's novels to become a major literary success, Far from the Madding Crowd explores what it means to live and to love.
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No, Shepherd Oak, no! Listen to reason, shepherd. All that's the matter with me is the affliction called a multiplying eye, and that's how it is I look double to you-I mean, you look double to me.
When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.
[Bathsheba Everdene, our 19th century Bachelorette. Just who will she give the final rose to? Will it be...]
Gabriel Oak: "I shall do one thing in this life--one thing certain--that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die."
William Boldwood: "My life is a burden without you. I want you--I want you to let me say I love you again and again!"
Francis "Frank" Troy: "Upon my heart, women will be the death of me!"
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