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Far from the Madding Crowd

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Far from the Madding Crowd 1874 U.S. editionFirst U.S. edition, 1874
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1874, England

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Approx. 154,000 words

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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.

— First line

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.


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

— Last line


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