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Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little. Gabriel's blunt protestations only serve to drive her to haughtiness. After a few months, she moves to Weatherbury, a village some miles off. When next they meet, their circumstances have changed drastically. An inexperienced new sheep dog drives Gabriel's flock over a cliff, ruining him. After selling off everything of value, he manages to settle all his debts, but emerges penniless. He seeks employment at a work fair in the town of Casterbridge (a fictionalised version of Dorchester). When he finds none, he heads to another fair in Shottsford, a town about ten miles from Weatherbury. On the way, he happens upon a dangerous fire on a farm and leads the bystanders in putting it out. When the veiled owner comes to thank him, he asks if she needs a shepherd. She uncovers her face and reveals herself to be none other than Bathsheba. She has recently inherited the estate of her uncle and is now a wealthy woman. Though somewhat uncomfortable, she hires him. Meanwhile, Bathsheba has a new admirer: the lonely and repressed William Boldwood. Boldwood is a prosperous farmer of about forty whose ardour Bathsheba unwittingly awakens when - her curiosity piqued because he has never bestowed on her the customary admiring glance - she playfully sends him a valentine sealed with red wax on which she has embossed the words "Marry me". Boldwood, not realising the valentine was a jest, becomes obsessed with Bathsheba, and soon proposes marriage. Although she does not love him, she toys with the idea of accepting his offer; he is, after all, the most

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little. Gabriel's blunt protestations only serve to drive her to haughtiness. After a few months, she moves to Weatherbury, a village some miles off. When next they meet, their circumstances have changed drastically. An inexperienced new sheep dog drives Gabriel's flock over a cliff, ruining him. After selling off everything of value, he manages to settle all his debts, but emerges penniless. He seeks employment at a work fair in the town of Casterbridge (a fictionalised version of Dorchester). When he finds none, he heads to another fair in Shottsford, a town about ten miles from Weatherbury. On the way, he happens upon a dangerous fire on a farm and leads the bystanders in putting it out. When the veiled owner comes to thank him, he asks if she needs a shepherd. She uncovers her face and reveals herself to be none other than Bathsheba. She has recently inherited the estate of her uncle and is now a wealthy woman. Though somewhat uncomfortable, she hires him. Meanwhile, Bathsheba has a new admirer: the lonely and repressed William Boldwood. Boldwood is a prosperous farmer of about forty whose ardour Bathsheba unwittingly awakens when - her curiosity piqued because he has never bestowed on her the customary admiring glance - she playfully sends him a valentine sealed with red wax on which she has embossed the words "Marry me". Boldwood, not realising the valentine was a jest, becomes obsessed with Bathsheba, and soon proposes marriage. Although she does not love him, she toys with the idea of accepting his offer; he is, after all, the most
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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little. Gabriel's blunt protestations only serve to drive her to haughtiness. After a few months, she moves to Weatherbury, a village some miles off. When next they meet, their circumstances have changed drastically. An inexperienced new sheep dog drives Gabriel's flock over a cliff, ruining him. After selling off everything of value, he manages to settle all his debts, but emerges penniless. He seeks employment at a work fair in the town of Casterbridge (a fictionalised version of Dorchester). When he finds none, he heads to another fair in Shottsford, a town about ten miles from Weatherbury. On the way, he happens upon a dangerous fire on a farm and leads the bystanders in putting it out. When the veiled owner comes to thank him, he asks if she needs a shepherd. She uncovers her face and reveals herself to be none other than Bathsheba. She has recently inherited the estate of her uncle and is now a wealthy woman. Though somewhat uncomfortable, she hires him. Meanwhile, Bathsheba has a new admirer: the lonely and repressed William Boldwood. Boldwood is a prosperous farmer of about forty whose ardour Bathsheba unwittingly awakens when - her curiosity piqued because he has never bestowed on her the customary admiring glance - she playfully sends him a valentine sealed with red wax on which she has embossed the words "Marry me". Boldwood, not realising the valentine was a jest, becomes obsessed with Bathsheba, and soon proposes marriage. Although she does not love him, she toys with the idea of accepting his offer; he is, after all, the most

Language:

English

Narrators:

Davina Porter

Length:

15h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

44:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

11:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

23:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

15:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

16:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

23:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

26:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

24:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

16:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

18:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

12:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

33:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

23:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

25:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

21:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:29


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:30