By Thomas Hardy
Whilst Elfrise Swanston meets Stephen Smith she is interested in his good-looking face, light bearing and the feel of poser which surrounds him. even though distressed to discover that the secret is composed in simple terms within the humbleness of his origins, she is still actual to their younger vows. yet societal pressures, and the appearance of the very best Henry Knight, finally displace her affections. Knight, despite the fact that, proves to be an uncompromising moralist who, captivated with fears approximately Elfride's sexual previous, destroys her happiness.
Writing of the fight among periods and sexes, Hardy drew seriously on his personal relationships, and within the creation, Pamela Dalziel discovers interesting parallels among Hardy's lifestyles and his artwork.
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