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A Pair of Blue Eyes

by Thomas Hardy Author · Pamela Dalziel Editor

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When Elfrise Swanston meets Stephen Smith she is attracted to his handsome face, gentle bearing and the sense of mystery which surrounds him. Although distressed to find that the mystery consists only in the humbleness of his origins, she remains true to their youthful vows. But societal pressures, and the advent of the superior Henry Knight, eventually displace her affections. Knight, however, proves to be an uncompromising moralist who, obsessed with fears about Elfride's sexual past, destroys her happiness.

Writing of the struggle between classes and sexes, Hardy drew heavily on his own relationships, and in the introduction, Pamela Dalziel discovers fascinating parallels between Hardy's life and his art.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint:
Penguin
Edition:
2
Publication Date:
2005

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Thomas Hardy (Author)

Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset in 1840 and became an apprentice architect at the age of sixteen. He spent his twenties in London, where he wrote his first poems. In 1867 Hardy returned to his native Dorset, whose rugged landscape was a great sour...

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Creators

Annotator :
Pamela Dalziel
Author of introduction, etc. :
Pamela Dalziel
Editor :
Pamela Dalziel
Author :
Thomas Hardy
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