Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy
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Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

AT MARYGREEN



"Yea, many there be that have run out of their wits for
women, and become servants for their sakes. Many also
have perished, have erred, and sinned, for women.... O
ye men, how can it be but women should be strong, seeing
they do thus?"--ESDRAS.


I


The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry.
The miller at Cresscombe lent him the small white tilted cart and
horse to carry his goods to the city of his destination, about twenty
miles off, such a vehicle proving of quite sufficient size for the
departing teacher's effects. For the schoolhouse had been partly
furnished by the managers, and the only cumbersome article possessed
by the master, in addition to the packing-case of books, was a
cottage piano that he had bought at an auction during the year in
which he thought of learning instrumental music. But the enthusiasm
having waned he had never acquired any skill in playing, and the
purchased article had been a perpetual trouble to him ever since in
moving house.

The rector had gone away for the day, being a man who disliked the
sight of changes. He did not mean to return till the evening, when
the new school-teacher would have arrived and settled in, and
everything would be smooth again.

The blacksmith, the farm bailiff, and the schoolmaster himself were
standing in perplexed attitudes in the parlour before the instrument.
The master had remarked that even if he got it into the cart he
should not know what to do with it on his arrival at Christminster,
the city he was bound for, since he was only going into temporary
lodgings just at first.

A little boy of eleven, who had been thoughtfully assisting in the
packing, joined the group of men, and as they rubbed their chins he
spoke up, blushing at the sound of his own voice: "Aunt have got a
great fuel-house, and it could be put there, perhaps, till you've
found a place to settle in, sir."

"A proper good notion," said the blacksmith.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016291628
Publisher: WDS Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 390 KB

About the Author

An English Victorian author of novels, poems, and short stories, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is best known for the classic books Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure. Set mostly in the semi-imagined region of Wessex, Hardy’s fictional works retain their popularity thanks to an accessible style, Romantic plots, and richly drawn characters.

Date of Birth:

June 2, 1840

Date of Death:

January 11, 1928

Place of Birth:

Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England

Place of Death:

Max Gate, Dorchester, England

Education:

Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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XXJude the Obscure (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
Between 'Far From the Madding Crowd', 'The Mayor of Casterbridge', and 'Jude the Obscure' I am becoming a true Thomas Hardy fan!(more emphasis put on the latter two) Jude Fawley and Sue Bridehead really bring the book to life, but lurking in the background are numerous others waiting to uproot the lovers happiness. With the curious nature of Father Time and his sinister mother, Arabella, deceit is always around the corner. However, Richard Phillotson, takes a different approach to contol Sue by using his good nature and an unexpected tragedy against her. There are too many plot twists to go into too much detail, however, this book is definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. Unfortunately, when Google scanned this one, their OCR software did a terrible job of translation. You're better off getting another copy elsewhere -- perhaps Project Guetenburg.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can`t honestly say what attrached me to this book, nor why I continued to read it to the very end. The relationship between Jude and Sue is absolutely frustrating, mostly due to Sue`s capricious nature. There are times in the book during which I had the strong urge to strike her. I suppose Sue and her ideals were revolutionary in a way, but not as much as I was led to believe. Her descent in the end completely negates her earlier virtues, and I feel it was almost out of place. The character stopped being Sue. As a comment to the children being trivialized, I agree entirely. All the children, aside from Father Time, aren`t even named, so while the turning point in the characters` lives is affective, the children`s anonimity detracts from the reader`s sympathy. All in all, even though I wasn`t completely thrilled with this novel, it has some redeeming values, and I would recommend it if you had nothing better to read.
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With some events that are shocking even today and its contrast between two very different women who consume the initially sympathetic Jude, this novel is fairly absorbing. It's a pretty quick read (though longer than I expected) and it was fun to give my husband periodic updates on what happened to poor Jude in the next installment....
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