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A Pair of Blue Eyes

Thomas Hardy

Book Overview: 

The book describes the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Stephen Smith is a socially inferior but ambitious young man who adores her and with whom she shares a country background. Henry Knight is the respectable, established, older man who represents London society.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .oor they paused wistfully, like children late at school.

Women accept their destiny more readily than men. Elfride had now resigned herself to the overwhelming idea of her lover's sorry antecedents; Stephen had not forgotten the trifling grievance that Elfride had known earlier admiration than his own.

'What was that young man's name?' he inquired.

'Felix Jethway; a widow's only son.'

'I remember the family.'

'She hates me now. She says I killed him.'

Stephen mused, and they entered the porch.

'Stephen, I love only you,' she tremulously whispered. He pressed her fingers, and the trifling shadow passed away, to admit again the mutual and more tangible trouble.

The study appeared to be the only room lighted up. They entered, each with a demeanour intended to conceal the inconcealable fact that reciprocal love was their dominant chord. Elfride perceived a man, sitting with his back towa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

“Men may love strongest for a while, but women love longest.”

This is the story of Elfride Swancourt, our blue-eyed heroine.
Elfride is torn between two lovers, the young, kind-hearted, socially inferior Stephen Smith, an architect; and much older and scrupulous Londoner, Henry Knight, a literary man

This is a novel I would highly recommend to everybody, not only to Hardy's fans. The story is so nicely unfolded and detailed that you can almost feel the wind in that spellbinding cliff scene.
This is a simple story, don't expect great literary references or witty remarks. But it is told with so mu

Curse you Thomas Hardy! Curse you for tearing my heart out and making me cry like a dummie over fictional characters. I thought I was so smart and knew what was going to happen and you ripped the rug out from under me. You left me without my happy ending. Curse you! And the saddest thing is that I a

My question as I started reading my latest Hardy was not whether things would end badly - but how? And once again, Hardy had me enthralled. He portrays the inequities between men and women so sharply! Elfride is a frustrating character - strong willed and impulsive until she falls deeply in love and

Hardy's third published novel, A pair of blue eyes has often overshadowed by the popularity of its successor, far from the adding crowd. Yet it remains notable, not merely for showing the full emergence of those ironies of known work but also for its autobiographical qualities.

I have no idea why I enjoy Thomas Hardy's novels so much. Normally I loathe romances, especially F/M romances, tragic or not. 

However, there is something about Mr. Hardy's writing that reels me in every time. His writing style is clear and precise. The images his words evoke are vivid. He knows his

Yet another story of love and life by Hardy, he advocates for women and understands them in ways i don't know how but he does, and he is a wizard with words and he knows the sunset and the moonlight and everything in between as passionately as humanly possible.
"A lady would have said there was a sm

What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

Elfride Swancourt is a vicar’s daughter, unschooled in the world, who falls in love with two men. Her first is a young impressionable boy himself and her second a more worldly, but dare I say no more emotionally developed, man of letters

"These eyes were blue; blue as autumn distance—blue as the blue we see between the retreating mouldings of hills and woody slopes on a sunny September morning. A misty and shady blue, that had no beginning or surface, and was looked INTO rather than AT."

This is my third Thomas Hardy novel, and I’ve

This was a fast read, and I very much enjoyed it! If you are already a Hardy fan, I heartily recommend reading A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873); if you aren't, this just might make you one. A Pair of Blues Eyes was the third novel published by Hardy, and the first published under his own name. In his late

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