A Pair of Blue Eyes
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"A Pair of Blue Eyes" Quotes

By Thomas Hardy

classics | 374 pages | Published in NaN

Elfride Swancourt is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a remote sea-swept parish in Corwall based on St Juliot, where Hardy began A Pair of Blue Eyes during the beginning of his courtship of his first wife, Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men: the boyish architect, Stephen Smith, and the older literary man, Henry Knight. The former friends become rivals, and Elfride faces an agonizing choice. Written at a crucial time in Hardy's life, A Pair of Blue Eyes expresses more directly than any of his novels the events and social forces that made him the writer he was. Elfride's dilemma mirrors the difficult decision Hardy himself had to make with this novel: to pursue the profession of architecture, where he was established, or literature, where he had yet to make his name. This updated edition contains a new introduction, bibliography, and chronology.

ISBN_13:9780192840738

Quotes

A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

Thomas Hardy

It is not a lover's kiss, but the kiss of an enemy.

Thomas Hardy

A man's power of loving is in proportion to his power of suffering.

Thomas Hardy

Love is faith, and faith is love.

Thomas Hardy

The world is bright, and I am dark.

Thomas Hardy

To be loved to madness, such was her great desire.

Thomas Hardy

In the end, life kills everything.

Thomas Hardy

Love is the only thing that will last.

Thomas Hardy

The world is too much with us, and we are too much with the world.

Thomas Hardy

Love is a flower that grows in the crannies of the soul.

Thomas Hardy