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Far From the Madding Crowd 1874 U.S. editionFirst U.S. edition, 1874
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First publication
1874, England

Literature form
Novel

Genre
Literary

Writing language
English

Author's country
England

Length
Approx. 154,000 words

Far From the Madding Crowd

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Notable lines

First line

When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.

Passages

to state his character as it stood in the scale of public opinion, when his friends and critics were in tantrums, he was considered rather a bad man; when they were pleased, he was rather a good man; when they were neither, he was a man whose moral colour was a kind of pepper-and-salt mixture.

"Well, what I mean is that I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband."

She was of the stuff of which great men's mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to mak avoidance impossible.

It is hard for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.

Last line

"But since 'tis as 'tis why, it might have been worse, and I feel my thanks accordingly.".

 

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See also:

Novel
Middlemarch

Author
George Eliot

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