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A Pair Of Blue Eyes

Auhtor: Thomas Hardy

Language: english
Published: 1873

Genres:

fiction,  romance
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Review by Timothy B. Riley, January 2005


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Pair Of Blue Eyes':

Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart her mind and the expectations of her parents and society. The novel is notable for the strong parallels to Hardy and his first wife Emma Gifford. When Elfrides father finds that his guest and candidate for his daughters hand architects assistant Stephen Smith is the son of a mason he immediately orders him to leave. This was the third of Hardys novels to be published and the first to bear his name.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Pair Of Blue Eyes':


... men and towns, and particularly attractive to youthful palates. The table was prettily decked with winter flowers and leaves, amid which the eye was ...
... of horse, pig, and cow medicines, and against the wall was a high table, made up of the fragments of an old oak Iychgate. Upon this stood stuffed specimens ...
... on the embroidery of your petticoat, miss and then 'twas down your back, miss, wasn't it? And oh, what a way you was in, miss, wasn't you? my! until ...
... door, and opened it without knock or signal of any kind. Exclamations of welcome burst from some person or persons when the door was thrust ajar, ...
... and unheeding his last words, 'there are beautiful women where you live???of course I know there are???and they may win you away from me.' Her tears ...
... no longer. Pansy went, like the steed of Adonis, as if she told the steps. Presently the quaint gables and jumbled roofs of St. Launce's were spread ...
... face they belonged to, which were getting sicklied o'er by the unmistakable pale cast. The mouth had not quite relinquished rotundity of curve for the ...
... me?' she inquired tremulously. 'No, no not that exactly???though I almost forget its exact purport now. It was merely???merely sharp, you know???ungenerous, ...
... and the contest proceeded, Elfride having now rather the better of the game. Then he won the exchange, regained his position, and began to press her hard. ...
... I inquire your favourite colour?' 'Dark.' 'I mean for women,' she said, with the minutest fall of countenance, and a hope that she had been misunderstood. 'So ...
... it. The packet was sealed up???with a tear of regret as she closed the case upon the pretty forms it contained???directed, and placed upon the writing-table ...
... then two voices, and two only. The nearer was the voice of the wind in his ears rising and falling as it mauled and thrust him hard or softly. The second ...
... and before him a flight of stone steps which the removed earth had uncovered, leading down under the edifice. It was the entrance to a large family ...
... say but promise???pray don't let him know! It would be my ruin!' 'Pooh, child. Knight is a good fellow and a clever man but at the same time it ...
... for although the younger lady had never been accustomed to any such attendant at robing times, her stepmother forced her into a semblance ...
... man's remark, without having tested it by practice?' 'Yes???indeed I do.' 'Then I think it was uncalled for and unfair. And how do you know it ...
... He had hoped to the last moment that she would have volunteered the whole story of her first attachment. It grew more and more distasteful to him that she ...
... Harry, love me, and speak as usual! Do I beseech you, Harry!' 'Are you going to act fairly by me?' said Knight, with rising anger 'or are you ...
... and what I say I mean.' When the visitors were gone, and the sun had set, and the moon's rays were just beginning to assert themselves upon ...
... impatiently, looking out from his compartment. 'What is it?' 'That singular carriage we saw has been unfastened from our train by mistake, it seems,' ...