By Christina Dodd
Unique booklet: 1997
Prim, undeniable, desperately virtuous girl Mary Fairchild stared on the seductive gentleman and questioned -- did he take note the weather of the evening they met? definitely now not. within the ten years when you consider that, she had deserted her younger impetuousness and reworked herself right into a housekeeper -- disguising her attractiveness underneath a servant's dour garments decided to overcome the passions of the past.
But Sebastian Durant, Viscount Whitfield, did realize her as a Fairchild, one in all his family's sour enemies. whilst he demanded her aid convalescing a stolen diary, she dared now not refuse him. while he proposed they masquerade as a betrothed couple, loyalty compelled her to agree. And while the restraint among them shattered and enjoyment turned an obsession, Mary needed to belief a robust guy who may possibly ship her to the gallows ... or love her via eternity.
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2 These suggestions are intensified later by direct comment, ("his unswerving devotion to Bathsheba could only be characterised as a fond madness" 3 ), by Bathsheba's fear of him, 4 and her dread that "if I don't give my word, he'll go out of his mind", 5 and by Gabriel's uneasiness about his state of mind. 6 Thus we are clearly concerned with a character who seems to him- 46 R. Sumner Thomas Hardy: Psychological Novelist © Rosemary Sumner 1981 Bold wood 47 self and to the people who know him to be hovering on the brink of insanity.
It is strange that T. S. Eliot should have chosen this story as the focus for his attack on Hardy. 35 He maintains that "here ... you get the essential Hardy without the Wessex staging", and goes on to claim that "in 'Barbara of the House of Grebe' we are introduced into a world of pure evil". Eliot does not explain why he thinks this, though he does contrast it with, among other stories, James's The Tum of the Screw, which, he says contains Good and Evil. Possibly Eliot was conscious of the element of psychological experimentation in Hardy's story, though he does not mention it; this would account for his antipathy, since he maintained that "psychology is dangerous unless based on sound theology".
21 Interwoven with these suggestions that Boldwood had led all his life cut off from sexual experience are references to his "wild capabilities" which can be guessed at from "old floodmarks faintly visible". 22 Since these phrases occur immediately after a reference to the "hotbed of tropical intensity" on which Bathsheba has "carelessly thrown a seed", there can be no doubt that the "wide capabilities" Hardy refers to are sexual. Yet it seems strange that Bold wood 49 Hardy did not notice the contradiction and eliminate it.
A Well Pleasured Lady (Fairchild Family, Book 1) by Christina Dodd