Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd: Novel Summary: Chapter 31 – Chapter 35

Ch. 31: Blame—FuryThe next evening, Bathsheba leaves to visit Liddy’s sister’s home, on the pretext of wanting to inspect a farming device the sister’s husband has invented but in fact to avoid Boldwood’s return. The land is fresh after a sweet rain; “the pleased birds were hymning to the scene.” As she walks, evening falls: …

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Far from the Madding Crowd: Novel Summary: Chapter 11 – Chapter 15

Ch. 11: Outside the Barracks—Snow—A MeetingOn the same evening, about ten o’clock, in a garrison town north of Weatherbury, a slight, solitary figure walks down a path by the river. The weather is depressingly gray, and snow is falling. The walker, a woman, is counting windows on a barracks building and stops when she reaches …

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Far from the Madding Crowd: Novel Summary: Chapter 1 – Chapter 5

Ch. 1: Description of Farmer Oak—An IncidentThis chapter introduces a major character, twenty-eight-year-old Gabriel Oak, a bachelor with smile lines “extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.” On work days Oak is a man of “sound judgment” and “good character,” while Sundays find him “a man of …

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