By Thomas Hardy

The daughter of a filthy rich railway rich person, Paula strength inherits De Stancy citadel, an old citadel wanting modernization. She commissions George Somerset, a tender architect, to adopt the paintings. Somerset falls in love with Paula yet she, the Laodicean of the identify, is torn among his admiration and that of Captain De Stancy, whose old-world romanticism contrasts with Somerset's forward-looking angle.
Paula's vacillation, in spite of the fact that, isn't just romantic. Her ambiguity concerning faith, politics and social growth is a mirrored image of the author's personal. This new Penguin Classics variation of Hardy's textual content includes an advent and notes that remove darkness from and make clear those topics, and attracts parallels among the textual content and the author's lifestyles and perspectives.

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A Laodicean (Penguin Classics)

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93 "But thou have turned to something strange. " This line addressed to Hallam's spirit in In Memoriam registers the recurrent anxiety in Tennyson's poetry about altered or indeterminate states of being. 94 Even though such departures are often presented as the grounds for hope in the evolution of a higher form, a more perfect order, or as an enabling condition of poetic creativity, their presence is generally accompanied by an ominous sense of estrangement from the grounds of one's own being.

In a letter to Sidney Herbert she wrote, " ' U s ' means in my language the troops and me. " 80 Their suffering, their victimization were hers; the neglect of their needs by the authorities whom they loyally served and upon whom they were dependent was the neglect she suffered at the hands of a family and a society which thwarted her at every step. She never relented in her disdain for the notion of the prior or superior claims of kinship. What is "Motherhood in the Flesh"? A pretty girl meets a man and they are married ...

Florence Nightingale's dictum that " a patient wants according to his wants," 48 must have seemed an exhilarating license to people who were repeatedly abjured to want according to the wants of others, or, in some cases, not to want at all. In Mr. Tryan's sickroom in "Janet's Repentance " for instance, Janet's "dark watchful eyes detected every want... and supplied the want with ready hand" (27); in Great Expectations, Pip notes that Joe's tenderness is "beautifully apportioned to my needs" (57).

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