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After finishing her household supervisions Elfride became restless, and several times left the room, ascended the staircase, and knocked at her father's chamber-door.
I can't bear even a handkerchief upon this deuced toe of mine, much less a stocking or slipper—piph-ph-ph! There 'tis again! No, I shan't get up till to-morrow.
What ideas you have, Elfride! Who ever heard of wind stopping a man from doing his business? The idea of this toe of mine coming on so suddenly!
If he should come, you must send him up to me, I suppose, and then give him some food and put him to bed in some way. Dear me, what a nuisance all this is! There is cold fowl, rabbit-pie, some pasties, and things of that kind.
A practical professional man, tired and hungry, who has been travelling ever since daylight this morning, will hardly be inclined to talk and air courtesies tonight.
He wants food and shelter, and you must see that he has it, simply because I am suddenly laid up and cannot.
There is nothing so dreadful in that, I hope? You get all kinds of stuff into your head from reading so many of those novels. But, you see, you are always there when people come to dinner, even if we know them; and this is some strange London man of the world, who will think it odd, perhaps.
Hewby's partner? Henry Knight , the second suitor, is more dominantly masculine, with the expectation of Elfride's spiritual and physical virginity.
This was the third of Hardy's novels to be published and the first to bear his name. It was first serialised in Tinsley's Magazine between September and July The novel is notable for the strong parallels to Hardy and his first wife Emma Gifford. In fact, of Hardy's early novels, this is probably the most densely populated with autobiographical events. A review in the Examiner of Far from the Madding Crowd retrospectively referred to it as 'not so exclusively pictoral [as Under the Greenwood Tree ]; it was study of a more tragic kind, with more complex characters and a more stirring plot Both Under the Greenwood Tree and A Pair of Blue Eyes are very remarkable novels, which no one could read without admiring the close and penetrating observation, and pictoral and narrative power of the writer.
Late in his life Hardy met composer Sir Edward Elgar and discussed the possibility of Elgar basing an opera on the novel. Hardy's death put an end to the project. Re-broadcast on Radio 4 Extra , 29—30 December A Pair of Blue Eyes is normally categorised as one of Hardy's minor works, 'a book with a few good points but a failure as a whole'.
A focus of critical interest of the novel is the scene in which Henry Knight reviews the entire history of the world as he hangs over the edge of a cliff reputedly the origin of the term ' cliffhanger ' , and is eventually rescued by a rope of Elfride's underwear. Carl J.
Weber sources the scene to a picnic Hardy and his wife had, in which he was sent to search for a lost earring, claiming this passage is the 'first indication in the novels of Hardy's ability to sustain interest in a tense situation by sheer power of vivid description. However, Gittings and Halperin claim it is more likely the idea for this scene comes from an essay by Leslie Stephen called 'Five minutes in the Alps'.
The 'cliff without a name', as it is referred to, is probably based on Beeny Cliff. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
A Pair of Blue Eyes First edition title page. Texas Studies in Literature and Language. A Forum on Fiction. The Modern Language Review. Thomas Hardy.