Hardy's third novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, follows the story of Elfride Swancourt. The daughter of the rector of Endelstow, a sparse, sea-swept parish in Cornwall, Elfride is caught between two suitors of very different backgrounds: Stephen Smith, a young architect restoring the old parish church; and the respectable, older man of London society, Henry Knight. The blue-eyed and high-spirited protagonist must untangle the conflicting messages of her heart and her mind.
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What a talent
Definitely for someone who loves beautiful descriptive writing and development of characters
To learn that her father did exactly as he warned his daughter of doing
She's wonderful with a steady, listenable pace and distinct characterizations
As are all of Hardy's books, this was a tradegy. I did cry at the stupid decisions the supposedly educated lover made - even for his time.
Hardy's books are gorgeous and meaty and everything I love in a story.