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A consultant to the works of thomas hardy and their historical past
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Beach, The Technique of Thomas Hardy). ' (Life, 83). He had worked on Desperate Remedies at Weymouth when he was not engaged on Crickmay's church-restoration projects. Early in February 1870 he returned to Higher Bockhampton to concentrate on the novel, and he had almost completed the first draft when he made his first visit to Cornwall. Ultimately, the novel was accepted by Tinsley Brothers, the publishers of The Moonstone. It was published anonymously in March 1871. After two not unfavourable reviews, it suffered a slashing attack in The Spectator.
Hardy regarded the abnormality of the scene as the natural outcome of the situation; it was not an attempt at the sensational, and certainly not intended as an affront to Victorian susceptibilities. 18 The Novels In a few scenes, particularly xiii 4, Hardy's first experiments in counterpoint or the fusion of emotion and situation with external surroundings may be noted. Gothic elements are present, but the technique gives a foretaste of ampler harmonies and poetic overtones in The Return of the Native and Tess of the d' Urbervilles, where parallelism of natural background accentuates the human drama and underlines the indifference of Nature to human suffering.
Xiv) and The Hand of Ethelberta. A link with one episode is preserved in the poem, 'A Poor Man and a Lady' (HS); the scene is a Mayfair church in London. The novel also contained scenes in famous London ballrooms, such as Almack's, the Argyle, and Cremorne (cf. Life, 42-3); and these are recalled in the poem 'Reminiscences of a Dancing Man' (TL). The remark of Knight on novel-writing (PBE. xvii), 'It requires a judicious omission of your real thoughts to make a novel popular', must have been written with the recent history of The Poor Man and the Lady in mind.