Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

Gabriel, like Bathsheba, changes over the course of the novel as a result of tragedy. For him the tragedy happens rather early on when his dog runs his sheep—which represent his life’s savings and investment—over a cliff, and he is left penniless. At the beginning of the book, he is a more or less average person. He is no longer a young man but not yet fully adult, and he has a generally good reputation. He can be quick to judge, as when he labels Bathsheba vain, and he can be thoughtless, as when he says out loud to her that he really should marry someone wealthier than she is. But as a result of Bathsheba’s refusal to marry him, as well as his misfortune, he becomes stoic, brave, and loyal. Over and over again, he proves what a decent human being he is: he puts out the fire, saves the lambs, and protects the ricks while Troy plies the other workers with brandy. He sees his love for Bathsheba as a burden he must bear, and he simultaneously tries to do all he can for her while feeling the need to rebuke her when he thinks she’s not living up to his high standards. Gabriel also recognizes the carefully delineated social distinctions of the Weatherbury community, and knows enough not to try to claim a higher place in it than is his due—a strategy that ultimately proves successful.

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Chapter 1 Quotes

She did not adjust her hat, or pat her hair, or press a dimple into shape, or do any one thing to signify that any such intention had been her motive in taking up the glass. She simply observed herself as a fair product of Nature in a feminine direction—her expression seeming to glide into far-off though likely dramas in which men would play a part—vistas of probable triumphs—the smiles being of a phase suggesting that hearts were imagined as lost and won.

Related Characters: Bathsheba Everdene, Gabriel Oak
Page Number: 6
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Chapter 2 Quotes

The image as a whole was that of a small Noah’s Ark on a small Ararat, allowing the traditionary outlines and general form of the Ark which are followed by toy makers, and by these means are established in men’s imagination among the finest because the earliest impressions, to pass as an approximate pattern.

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Page Number: 9-10
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“What I meant to tell you was only this,” she said eagerly, and yet half-conscious of the absurdity of the position she had made for herself: “that nobody has got me yet as a sweetheart, instead of my having a dozen as my aunt said; I hate to be thought men’s property in that way—though possibly I shall be to be had some day.”

Related Characters: Bathsheba Everdene (speaker), Gabriel Oak
Page Number: 26
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Chapter 5 Quotes

The sheep were not insured. –All the savings of a frugal life had been dispersed at a blow: his hopes of being an independent farmer were laid low—possibly for ever. Gabriel’s energies patience and industry had been so severely taxed, during the years of his life between eighteen and eight and twenty, to reach his present stage of progress that no more seemed to be left in him.

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Related Symbols: Lambs and Sheep
Page Number: 33
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Chapter 19 Quotes

Bathsheba would have submitted to an indignant chastisement for her levity had Gabriel protested that he was loving her at the same time: the impetuosity of passion unrequited is bearable, even if it stings and anathematizes; there is a triumph in the humiliation and tenderness in the strife. This is what she had been expecting, and what she had not got.

Related Characters: Bathsheba Everdene, Gabriel Oak
Page Number: 117-118
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Chapter 35 Quotes

That same evening the sheep had trailed homeward head to tail, the behaviour of the rooks had been confused, and the horses had moved with timidity and caution.
Thunder was imminent, and taking some secondary appearances into consideration, it was likely to be followed by one of the lengthened rains which mark the close of dry weather for the season. […] Oak gazed with misgiving at eight naked and unprotected ricks, massive and heavy with the rich produce of one half the farm for that year.

Related Characters: Gabriel Oak
Page Number: 209-210
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Having from their youth up been entirely unaccustomed to any liquor stronger than cider or mild ale, it was no wonder that they had succumbed one and all with extraordinary uniformity after the lapse of about one hour.
Gabriel was greatly depressed. This debauch boded ill for that wilful and fascinating mistress whom the faithful man even now felt within him as the eidolon of all that was sweet and bright and hopeless.

Related Characters: Bathsheba Everdene, Gabriel Oak
Page Number: 215
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Chapter 37 Quotes

Oak, suddenly remembered that eight months before this time he had been fighting against fire in the same spot as desperately as he was fighting against water now—and for a futile love of the same woman.

Related Characters: Gabriel Oak
Page Number: 223
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All the night he had been feeling that the neglect he was labouring to repair was abnormal and isolated—the only instance of the kind within the circuit of the county. Yet at this very time, within the same parish, a greater waste had been going on, uncomplained of and disregarded. A few months earlier Boldwood’s forgetting his husbandry would have been as preposterous an idea as a sailor forgetting he was in a ship.

Related Characters: Gabriel Oak, Mr. Boldwood
Page Number: 224
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Chapter 41 Quotes

Suddenly, as in a last attempt to save Bathsheba from, at any rate, immediate pain, he looked again as he had looked before at the chalk writing upon the coffin-lid. The scrawl was this simple one: “Fanny Robbin and child.” Gabriel took his handkerchief and carefully rubbed out the two latter words. He then left the room, and went out quietly by the front door.

Related Characters: Gabriel Oak
Page Number: 254
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Chapter 1
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We begin with a description of a farmer, Gabriel Oak, who is generally of good judgment and character, though lags a bit on Sundays—he... (full context)
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Gabriel carries a small silver watch, once his grandfather’s, which doesn’t always work very well, such... (full context)
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Gabriel’s face maintains some aspects of a boy, though he has just left youth behind, only... (full context)
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Gabriel is in a field by Norcombe Hill one December morning, when he sees a yellow... (full context)
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Gabriel recognizes that the lady has no reason for looking, whether adjusting her hat or patting... (full context)
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Gabriel withdraws and turns down the road until he reaches the bottom of the hill, where... (full context)
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The woman looks carelessly back, then tells her driver to go on. The gatekeeper tells Gabriel that she is handsome: Gabriel says she has faults: the gatekeeper suggests it’s cheapness, but... (full context)
Chapter 2
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The sounds of Farmer Gabriel’s flute begin to pierce the silence. They come from a shepherd’s hut under a plantation... (full context)
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Only in the past year has Gabriel been called “Farmer.” As a boy he was a shepherd, then a bailiff, before leasing... (full context)
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Holding a lantern, Gabriel comes out and paces the well-cleared fields slowly but deliberately. He carries a new-born lamb... (full context)
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Then Gabriel sees an artificial light some yards away. He walks towards it and remembers that there’s... (full context)
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Calling the elder woman “aunt,” the young woman says her hat has blown away. Gabriel sees a small, newborn calf between the two cows, and realizes what they’re here for.... (full context)
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This makes Gabriel even more curious to see her features, though he immediately assumes she’s beautiful. In a... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Gabriel walks back to his plantation, lost in thought. At the bottom of the hill, he... (full context)
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Amused and surprised, Gabriel returns to his sheep. An hour later, the girl returns seated properly, with a bag... (full context)
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Gabriel blushes a little and says he found a hat. She says it blew away last... (full context)
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Each day for five days, the woman returns regularly to milk the cow, but ignores Gabriel —the fact that he saw her, and let her know, has offended her, making her... (full context)
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One evening that week, though, a frost spreads over the land, and finally Gabriel returns inside to get warm. The wind keeps getting in, though, and for a moment... (full context)
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Gabriel says she’s saved his life, and asks her name: she says he may ask for... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...conscious superiority can sometimes be pleasing to men as well. This is what happens to Gabriel, who begins to wait for the woman every day and watch for her through the... (full context)
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Gabriel repeats her name over and over. Then it dawns on him that marriage might be... (full context)
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Gabriel has dressed and prepared properly, not too over-the-top, though he’s used all the hair oil... (full context)
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Abashed, Gabriel goes to the door, and asks for Miss Everdene, saying “somebody” would like to see... (full context)
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After a hundred yards, Gabriel hears a voice: Bathsheba is running after him, and he blushes. She pauses, out of... (full context)
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Gabriel seizes her hand, but she releases it. He says he has a nice farm, and... (full context)
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Gabriel asks if she might reconsider, given how he loves her. She says she’ll try to... (full context)
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Gabriel asks why Bathsheba can’t marry him: she says she doesn’t love him. Gabriel says he’s... (full context)
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Gabriel, surprised and admiring, says he’d been thinking of that himself. But this disconcerts Bathsheba, though... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Gabriel hears that Bathsheba has left the neighborhood for a place called Weatherbury—the separation allows him... (full context)
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...two hedges, which leave a narrow opening covered only by a rough railing. One night Gabriel returns home and calls to the dogs: only George answers, but Gabriel remembers he had... (full context)
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Gabriel jumps out of bed and races up the hill: all the two hundred are gone.... (full context)
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Gabriel’s first impulse is to feel pity and sorrow for the fate of the animals—then he... (full context)
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In a daze, Gabriel realizes that the young dog must have been in high energy to drive all the... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...hiring fair in the town of Casterbridge, with several hundred farm and other laborers waiting. Gabriel is among them, asking if anyone needs a bailiff. He is paler, poorer, now, but... (full context)
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At the end of the day, Gabriel hasn’t been hired, and he realizes that all the farmers seem to want shepherds. He... (full context)
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That evening Gabriel draws out his flute, playing it with “Arcadian” sweetness, and makes a few shillings that... (full context)
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After awhile, Gabriel awakens to find that the wagon is moving. Peering out from the hay, Gabriel hears... (full context)
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Gabriel slips out of the wagon, unseen. As he prepares to walk on, he sees an... (full context)
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Gabriel takes control, and begins to shout orders to the disorganized group. He clambers himself up... (full context)
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...woman, Mary-ann, to thank him once he gets the fire under control. As she approaches Gabriel, he descends and asks where her master the farmer is. Mary-ann says it’s a mistress:... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...hire. She asks them to tell him to speak to the bailiff, then rides off. Gabriel asks Bailiff Pennyways to get him a lodging; the bailiff can’t, but tells him he... (full context)
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Gabriel, astonished, walks to the village, thinking too of how quickly Bathsheba has changed from naïve... (full context)
Chapter 8
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As Gabriel approaches the Malthouse, he hears voices inside. The room is lit only from the kiln,... (full context)
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Jacob hands some malt to Gabriel, who says he doesn’t need a clean cup. Mark Clark approves of this. Jan Coggan... (full context)
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...every time he sees the new mistress, though he’s always been shy. Jacob Smallbury tells Gabriel that such shyness is becoming for a woman, though awkward for a man: Gabriel agrees.... (full context)
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Gabriel asks what kind of place this farm is and what the mistress is like, but... (full context)
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Trying to keep the conversation on track, Gabriel asks about Miss Everdene’s parents. They were town folk, Jacob says, and gentlemanly—but the husband... (full context)
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Henery begins to complain about Bailiff Pennyway’s thieving ways, but Gabriel interrupts to remark that the maltster must be very old to have such aged sons.... (full context)
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Henery cries to Gabriel that he’s sure he saw him fluting at Casterbridge: Gabriel blushes and says he’s struggling... (full context)
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Laban Tall is the first to leave, followed by Henery Fray. Gabriel leaves with Coggan, who’s offered him lodging. Then Henery returns, out of breath, to remark... (full context)
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...asks Billy Smallbury to go tomorrow to find him. Uneasily, she wishes every goodnight. Meanwhile, Gabriel is just content at being able to see Bathsheba in the flesh. (full context)
Chapter 10
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Bathsheba asks Gabriel if he understands his duties: Gabriel does, but is stunned by her coolness—he wonders if... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...Farm. Boldwood realizes it’s a mistake—it’s for Miss Everdene’s shepherd, not his. He suddenly sees Gabriel on the ridge, and says he’ll take the letter to Gabriel himself—this, he thinks, is... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...in with the new things she’s bought: looking glasses, “wicked” books, and framed pictures. Meanwhile Gabriel appears in the entry, looking healthy and vigorous and carrying four lambs over his shoulder.... (full context)
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Gabriel and the maltster talk about Norcombe, which has greatly changed since the former knew it.... (full context)
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Matthew Moon adds that Gabriel is known to be clever; for instance, he is able to tell the time by... (full context)
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The nearly lifeless lambs now, revived by the fire, begin to bleat again, and Gabriel gives them milk. Henery says that before, if a lamb died before marking, the skin... (full context)
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Boldwood enters the malthouse, and gives Gabriel a letter. He reads it: it’s from Fanny, who encloses the money she owes him,... (full context)
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Gabriel shows the letter to Boldwood, who is dismayed. Boldwood says Troy is clever, the son... (full context)
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Cain Ball bursts in to say the ewes need Gabriel. He jumps up, marks the infant sheep with “B.E.”, then leaves with Cain. Boldwood leaves... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Boldwood comes to the stable door and looks towards Bathsheba’s farm, seeing her, Gabriel, and Cainy Ball. Seeing Bathsheba lights him up, and he resolves to go speak to... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...into a persistent, manageable feeling. He goes to see her at the sheepwashing pool, where Gabriel, Coggan, Moon, Poorgrass and Cain Ball are assembled. Bathsheba stands by them in a new... (full context)
Chapter 19
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The next day Bathsheba finds Gabriel grinding his sheers with Cainy Ball. She asks to speak with Gabriel alone. She asks... (full context)
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Gabriel adds that Bathsheba is to blame for playing pranks on a man like Boldwood. She... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...die. They’re all talking at once, and Bathsheba, who’s still uneasy from her talk with Gabriel, cries for them to be quiet, and with dark, shining eyes, orders them out to... (full context)
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...sheep dies, and Bathsheba grows increasingly agitated. Little by little, her conviction not to call Gabriel wanes. Finally, she asks Laban where he’s staying, and orders him to fetch Gabriel and... (full context)
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15 minutes later, Gabriel returns. He looks at her, and Bathsheba, her eyes full of gratitude, still chastises him... (full context)
Chapter 21
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For the first time since his great misfortune, Gabriel feels independent and happier, though he remains attached to Bathsheba. It’s June 1st and still... (full context)
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Bathsheba watches Gabriel lop off the fleece of a sheep and, seeing its flush, murmurs that the sheep... (full context)
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Gabriel calls for Cainy, who runs forward with the tar-pot to stamp “B.E.” onto the shorn... (full context)
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But Gabriel’s contentment is interrupted by the appearance of Farmer Boldwood, who crosses towards Bathsheba. They speak... (full context)
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...reappears 15 minutes later in a new riding habit: she and Boldwood ride off. As Gabriel watches them, he accidentally snips the sheep in the groin: Bathsheba notices the blood, and... (full context)
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...sketch, asks the party if anyone knows of a second-hand fellow who might like her. Gabriel remains silent, however: his good mood has gone away. Bathsheba had hinted she might give... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...flushed and eyes sparkling. Boldwood appears at the gate and Bathsheba asks him to take Gabriel’s spot: Gabriel moves readily. After supper Coggan sings a love song, followed by Poorgrass. A... (full context)
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Gabriel notices that Boldwood has gone. His thoughts are interrupted by Bathsheba asking for his flute,... (full context)
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Bathsheba is preparing to close the farm before going to bed. Gabriel usually precedes her and watches her, though she doesn’t know it: women, the narrator says,... (full context)
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...effort to control her own feelings, and is happily unaware of Troy’s own faults, unlike Gabriel’s, whose faults are all for the showing. (full context)
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Gabriel recognizes this love and it pains him. He decides to speak to Bathsheba, using her... (full context)
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...soon as he returns from traveling her answer to him will be no. Now sighing, Gabriel says he wishes she’d never met Sergeant Troy. She stonily says that he’s educated, well-born,... (full context)
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Pale, Bathsheba tells him to leave the farm. Gabriel calmly says this is the second time she’s pretended to dismiss him. He can’t go... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...worried that he’d come anyway, which was why she so wanted to get rid of Gabriel. She sits then jumps back up, writing a final letter of refusal to Boldwood. To... (full context)
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...must be a gypsy man, and she rushes to Coggan’s, the nearest house. He calls Gabriel, and they find the horse gone. Then they hear a trotting horse over Weatherbury Hill.... (full context)
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Gabriel runs down to Boldwood’s and returns with two horses. He and Coggan ride to the... (full context)
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Coggan and Gabriel race to the toll gate, and, seeing Dainty and its driver approach, ask the gatekeeper... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...Cain says, and the others agree. Moon adds that Cain’s grandfather was quite clever. But Gabriel interrupts impatiently to ask Cain to continue. He thinks the soldier was Troy: he saw... (full context)
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On Gabriel’s prodding, Cain describes Bathsheba’s beautiful dress and hair. After lush descriptions of the houses, shops,... (full context)
Chapter 33
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That evening, Gabriel is leaning over Coggan’s garden gate when he hears Bathsheba and Liddy’s voices from a... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Early the next morning, Gabriel and Coggan are reaching the fields when Gabriel thinks he sees something at an upper... (full context)
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Coggan tells Gabriel that it’s better for him to be outwardly friendly to their new master. They nod... (full context)
Chapter 35
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One night at the end of August, Gabriel stands in the farm stackyard, looking at the ominous sky, with its metallic moon and... (full context)
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Gabriel sends a message to Troy asking him to speak with him: Troy refuses, so Gabriel... (full context)
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Ill at ease, Gabriel leaves: he pauses at the door to hear Troy announce that it’s also their wedding... (full context)
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Bathsheba leaves indignantly, followed by the women and children. Gabriel stays long enough to be polite, then slips out too. He sees a large toad... (full context)
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Gabriel vows to save the produce, though behind this act is another motivation: wanting to help... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Lightning begins to strike. Gabriel sees a light in Bathsheba’s bedroom, and then more flashes, illuminating the fields. Gabriel wearily... (full context)
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As Bathsheba fetches reed sheaves for Gabriel, they hear the first “Stygian” thunder following the heavenly light. She clutches Gabriel’s sleeve in... (full context)
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...lightning slices the tall tree on the hill down its length in a loud crack: Gabriel tells Bathsheba they narrowly escaped, and she should go down. After a silence, they say... (full context)
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...checked the barn and the others are still in a stupor. Bathsheba says tentatively that Gabriel must think she galloped away to Bath that night to get married. She wants to... (full context)
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Gabriel doesn’t reply, and Bathsheba quickly adds that Troy wasn’t to blame. She doesn’t want him... (full context)
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It’s now 5 a.m., and the wind keeps shifting ominously. A drop of rain hits Gabriel’s face as the wind snarls around him. Then it begins to fall more heavily. He... (full context)
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Soon Gabriel too returns home. He passes Boldwood, and they each comment on the other’s haggard appearance.... (full context)
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Finally Boldwood does admit that he’s been out of sorts lately. Gabriel says he did think Bathsheba would marry him. Boldwood imagines he’s the parish joke: Gabriel... (full context)
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The next morning Bathsheba walks across the farm. She thinks of Gabriel, who is now like a brother to her: at times she wonders what life would... (full context)
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...color her hair was; he can’t remember. He repeats everything he heard from Boldwood and Gabriel, and says he imagines she might have died simply from exposure. Bathsheba intently asks if... (full context)
Chapter 41
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At that moment Gabriel appears in the doorway, and cries that he’s ashamed of Poorgrass and Coggan. Clark asks... (full context)
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The village has learned the rumor of Fanny Robbin’s death, but thanks to Gabriel’s and Boldwood’s discretion, no one knows her young man was Troy. Gabriel hopes it will... (full context)
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Ill at ease, Gabriel goes to ask Bathsheba what she’d prefer. She’s in a strange, perplexed mood: at first... (full context)
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Everyone but Gabriel leaves the room, but he lingers. He raises the cloth and sees the chalk writing:... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...and says that’s not written on the cover. Others don’t believe it either, Liddy says: Gabriel is saying that this story was that of another poor girl. (full context)
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...fire for hours. She can imagine a connection between herself and Fanny’s possible tragedy, which Gabriel and Boldwood could not suspect, since they didn’t know she met Fanny on the road... (full context)
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Bathsheba walks to Gabriel’s cottage, where he now lives alone. There’s a light on: Gabriel is reading. Then he... (full context)
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Recalling Gabriel’s figure, Bathsheba too kneels to pray. In a kind of atonement, she takes flowers from... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Bathsheba pays no attention to where she’s going. She passes a thicket with Gabriel and beech trees, and enters to hide there. She sinks down by a trunk and... (full context)
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After breakfast Bathsheba leaves to walk towards church. Across the churchyard she sees Gabriel, who is looking at the tomb and disturbed grave. She follows his eyes and reads,... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...lost interest in the farm, but keeps it going out of instinct. She does install Gabriel as bailiff to take on what she no longer cares to do. (full context)
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...strange neglect that has led to the ruin of his crops. Finally Boldwood calls for Gabriel and suggests he take over supervision of his farm as well. At first Bathsheba objects,... (full context)
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Since Poorgrass is now suffering from his ‘multiplying eye,’ and Gabriel is busy, Bathsheba accepts Boldwood’s offer to ride aside her as she drives home herself.... (full context)
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One day Bathsheba is working with Gabriel and mentions Boldwood: Gabriel says he’ll never forget her. Suddenly Bathsheba shares with Gabriel her... (full context)
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...is absurd, and asks if it wouldn’t be immoral. What stops it from being immoral, Gabriel says, is that she doesn’t care for him: a mere contract isn’t wrong. There is,... (full context)
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Gabriel says it depends whether Bathsheba really thinks, like everyone else, that Troy is dead: she... (full context)
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...is also dressing with his tailor, more fastidiously than ever. Finally the tailor leaves and Gabriel comes in to report on the day’s farming progress. Boldwood hopes he’ll see Gabriel that... (full context)
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Boldwood asks Gabriel to tie his neckerchief, then feverishly asks if a woman keeps her implied promise. Gabriel... (full context)
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Boldwood tells Gabriel that his share in the farm is much too small: he wants to increase the... (full context)
Chapter 52
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...they approach the tavern, Smallbury points into the windowpane: Troy’s face peers in, listening to Gabriel and the maltster talking about Boldwood’s party and his love of Bathsheba. The men withdraw... (full context)
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Gabriel is one of the first to hear, and rushes to Boldwood’s house, where all the... (full context)
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...him that Bathsheba locked herself in the room with Troy, wanting to know only when Gabriel or Mr. Thirdly arrived. These two enter at the same moment, and they all go... (full context)
Chapter 54
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...date six years in a future. The farmhands are discussing this at Warren’s Malt-house when Gabriel returns, saying that Boldwood had pled guilty, and had been sentenced to death. (full context)
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...execution had been fixed for Saturday morning two weeks after the sentence. On Friday afternoon, Gabriel returns from the jail, where he’d been to wish Boldwood goodbye. Looking back, he sees... (full context)
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Bathsheba is at home, and keeps asking for news, but Gabriel decides not to bother her yet. He asks Tall to ride to town late tonight... (full context)
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...of a luxury than a punishment. After some time, she lifts her head to see Gabriel, who respectfully says he was about to enter: he’s one of the bass singers. (full context)
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Gabriel doesn’t want to drive Bathsheba away: he thinks he won’t go in tonight. They stand,... (full context)
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Bathsheba cries that she can’t do without Gabriel, who has been with her for so long: it seems almost unkind for him to... (full context)
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As the weeks go on, Gabriel’s lack of interest in her or her affairs becomes more evident: he is avoiding her,... (full context)
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The next day Bathsheba receives a formal letter from Gabriel saying he will be gone by Lady Day. She sits and cries bitterly, wounded at... (full context)
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After dinner, Bathsheba goes down to Gabriel’s house and asks to speak with him. Awkwardly, he says he doesn’t have proper accommodation... (full context)
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Gabriel adds that he would continue to watch over Bathsheba’s farm, were it not for what’s... (full context)
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Gabriel looks into Bathsheba’s face, with tender surprise, and says if he only knew whether he... (full context)
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Bathsheba tells Gabriel that she wants only a private, secret, plain wedding. A few nights later, then, he... (full context)
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...six to give her hair a brushing. Only then does she tell Liddy that Farmer Gabriel is coming to dine today. When Liddy is dubious about the morals of that, Bathsheba... (full context)
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...Coggan have enlisted the village to perform. Clark wishes long life to the couple, and Gabriel thanks them. The others tease him for the naturalness with which he says, “my wife,”... (full context)