Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

Sergeant Francis Troy Character Analysis

Bathsheba’s third suitor is the son of a doctor who was ruined by debt after moving from town to country. Troy is impulsive—he leaves his clerk job to enlist in the army—and is often described as a child who follows his instincts and can’t think of other people’s thoughts or desires over his own. He is handsome and charming, able to use his looks and language to his advantage in order to get what he wants (especially with women, though also when money is involved, as when he tricks Boldwood into paying him off for the marriage to Bathsheba that has already happened). But Troy is portrayed as truly capable of love. He may have seduced and then abandoned Fanny, but it becomes clear over the course of the novel (both to readers and, perhaps, to Troy himself) that he did love her—though such love is inextricable from his cruelty to Bathsheba. Ultimately, however, Troy’s desire for material comfort conquers his aversion to Bathsheba and prompts him to return to her, though he can’t imagine just how much of an effect his actions will have on others. In this way, he is not dissimilar from the Bathsheba of the beginning of the novel.

Sergeant Francis Troy Quotes in Far From the Madding Crowd

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Chapter 24 Quotes

He had been known to observe casually that in dealing with womankind the only alternative to flattery was cursing and swearing. There was no third method. “Treat them fairly and you are a lost man,” he would say.

Related Characters: Sergeant Francis Troy (speaker)
Page Number: 148
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Chapter 28 Quotes

Bathsheba loved Troy in the way that only self-reliant women love when they abandon their self-reliance. When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.

Related Characters: Sergeant Francis Troy, Cain (Cainy) Ball
Page Number: 164
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Chapter 40 Quotes

Her pride was indeed brought low by this despairing perception of spoliation by marriage with a less pure nature than her own. She chafed to and fro in rebelliousness, like a caged leopard, her whole soul was in arms, and the blood fired her face. Until she had met Troy Bathsheba had been proud of her position as a woman; it had been a glory to her to know that her lips had been touched by no man’s on earth, that her waist had never been encircled by a lover’s arm. She hated herself now.

Related Characters: Bathsheba Everdene, Sergeant Francis Troy
Page Number: 239
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Chapter 45 Quotes

The persistent torrent from the gargoyle’s jaws directed all its vengeance into the grave. The rich tawny mould was stirred into motion, and boiled like chocolate. The water accumulated and washed deeper down, and the roar of the pool thus formed spread into the night as the head and chief among other noises of the kind formed by the deluging rain. The flowers so carefully planted by Fanny’s repentant lover began to move and turn in their bed.

Related Characters: Sergeant Francis Troy, Fanny Robbin
Page Number: 276
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Sergeant Francis Troy Character Timeline in Far From the Madding Crowd

The timeline below shows where the character Sergeant Francis Troy appears in Far From the Madding Crowd. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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...A male voice finally emerges and asks who’s there. The little figure asks for Sergeant Troy, and a suspicious voice identifies himself as such. It’s his wife, Fanny Robbin, the figure... (full context)
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They speak in tones which are not that of husband and wife. Fanny asks Troy to come down, and he says he’s happy to see her, but cannot come out.... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...says she’s happy to say she will soon be married to her young man, Sergeant Troy, now quartered in Melchester. She asks him to keep this letter secret, before they can... (full context)
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Gabriel shows the letter to Boldwood, who is dismayed. Boldwood says Troy is clever, the son of a medical man who left the country in debt. He... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...than any woman he’s ever seen. Bathsheba asks who he is: his name is Sergeant Troy, and he’s lodging here. After he teases her more, Bathsheba stands up so as to... (full context)
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...asks Liddy if any gentleman-looking soldier is staying in the village. It might be Sergeant Troy on furlough, she thinks. Bathsheba asks what kind of person he is: Liddy says he’s... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Sergeant Troy lives without much thought for the past or future, beyond yesterday or tomorrow. He, is... (full context)
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...the shearing, Bathsheba is at her hayfields watching Coggan and Clark mowing when she sees Troy appear in the distance. He has come to help in the hay-making just out of... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Nodding his hat, Troy says he never imagined it was the farm’s mistress he had met the other night,... (full context)
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...of a moment. She says she hopes such strength extends to morals and religion, and Troy continues to joke and tease, while she tries to hide a smile. He asks for... (full context)
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Troy cries that the truth has come out, but he says her beauty will do more... (full context)
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...at his watch, then cries that she should have his gold watch as a gift. Troy presses it into her hands, saying it was his father’s. She cries in wonder that... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...are engaged with the hay, Bathsheba has decided to hive these herself. As she prepares, Troy walks through the gate and declares he’ll help her. She says he must put on... (full context)
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Bathsheba says she’s never seen the sword-exercise, and after pausing she says she’d like to. Troy bends over and whispers a suggestion in a low voice: Bathsheba blushes and says she... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...an uncultivated hollow among ferns, before turning around and going back home. Then, thinking of Troy’s disappointment, she turns around again and runs back: he’s waiting for her. Troy draws a... (full context)
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Troy is an excellent marksman, and he dazzles Bathsheba, especially when he cuts off just one... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Bathsheba now loves Troy in the way that self-reliant women do when they lose their self-reliance, making them weaker... (full context)
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...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, and worthy of a woman: besides, she can’t... (full context)
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...allows her to get ahead of him, but then sees a figure arise in the distance—Troy’s. Gabriel turns back and goes home by the church-yard. He climbs to the tower door,... (full context)
Chapter 29
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30 minutes later Bathsheba arrives home. Troy has just said goodbye for two days, since he’ll be visiting friends in Bath, and... (full context)
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In the kitchen Liddy, Temperance, and Mary-ann are speaking of Troy and Bathsheba: she bursts in and asks who they’re speaking of. After a pause Liddy... (full context)
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Alone with Liddy in the parlor, Bathsheba admits that she does in fact love Troy—she has to tell someone. She sends Liddy away, then beckons her back and asks her... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...the ability to love, and he knows where it’s turned. He begins to rage about Troy, who stole her in Boldwood’s absence: now people laugh at him. He has no further... (full context)
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Bathsheba knows that Troy is about to return to Weatherbury, and fears a quarrel between him and Boldwood. She... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Bathsheba had decided she could either keep Troy away from Weatherbury, or give up Troy entirely. She dreamed a bit about the happy... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...must still not be forgiven. He’s still wandering through Weatherbury, when he catches sight of Troy leaving his carriage and entering the carrier’s house. Suddenly determined, Boldwood heads home and ten... (full context)
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Boldwood follows and addresses Troy, saying he wants to speak to him about a woman Troy has wronged. Troy tries... (full context)
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Boldwood says that if Troy hadn’t shown up, he’d almost certainly be engaged to Miss Everdene by this time. So... (full context)
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They hear a pit-pat, and Troy says he must leave to meet Bathsheba, who’s expecting him, and wish her good-bye according... (full context)
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When Bathsheba runs off, Troy mockingly asks Boldwood, whose face is nervous and clammy, if he should tell her he’s... (full context)
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Together, they climb to the house. Troy opens the door, and then slides a newspaper through the slot back to Boldwood, telling... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...fields when Gabriel thinks he sees something at an upper window of the farm. Sergeant Troy is looking leisurely out the window: Coggan exclaims that Bathsheba has married him. Gabriel looks... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...playing. One suggests they play next ‘The Soldier’s Joy,’ and all roar in approval, especially Troy. (full context)
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Gabriel sends a message to Troy asking him to speak with him: Troy refuses, so Gabriel asks the messenger to tell... (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 feast, so he’s brought brandy for all the men.... (full context)
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...the laborers are all in a drunken stupor, the glasses and cups littering the table. Troy had insisted that they continue to drink through the night. Depressed, Gabriel slips back out... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...She wants to explain that she went fully intending to break off her courtship with Troy: owing to circumstances there they got married. She hopes for his better opinion now. She... (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 to say anything more about it, and continues... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...a Saturday evening in October Bathsheba is returning from market up a steep turnpike road. Troy is walking beside her. He’s bought his soldier’s discharge with Bathsheba’s money and is insisting... (full context)
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Troy says Bathsheba has lost all her former pluck and spirit. She looks away indignantly but... (full context)
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Bathsheba exclaims and prepares to get down, but Troy orders her to walk the horse up, while he deals with the woman. After beginning... (full context)
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Troy tells Fanny to meet him Monday morning on Casterbridge Bridge: he’ll bring all the money... (full context)
Chapter 40
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That same evening, Troy asks Bathsheba for 20 pounds, and her face sinks. First he says it’s for the... (full context)
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Sighing, Bathsheba gives him the money. Troy looks at his watch and reflexively opens its back case, revealing a lock of hair.... (full context)
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Troy tells Bathsheba not to be jealous, driving her almost to tears. She cries that he’s... (full context)
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Bathsheba begs Troy for honesty, but he snaps at her to not be so desperate, and leaves. She... (full context)
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...hair was—it was beautiful golden hair, she says. Her young man was a soldier in Troy’s regiment, she adds: Troy once told her he knew the young man as well as... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...death, but thanks to Gabriel’s and Boldwood’s discretion, no one knows her young man was Troy. Gabriel hopes it will stay silent for a short time, at least. He arrives at... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...Fanny’s body here: rebellion against her own prejudices and lack of charity towards a woman Troy loved before he loved her (and Bathsheba still does love him). (full context)
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...baby wrapped in white linen. Fanny is framed in her blonde hair, the color of Troy’s lock. She looks young and round: her fairness takes away all sense of repulsion. (full context)
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...lays them around Fanny’s head. She forgets time. Suddenly, though, a coach door shuts, and Troy enters the hall, looking in on the scene. Troy can’t imagine it’s Fanny: he blankly... (full context)
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...that sight, Bathsheba springs towards him, embracing him and begging him to kiss her too. Troy looks at her, bewildered, realizing how similar all women are: he can’t believe this is... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...samplers, and asks Liddy to bring some old books. They remain there all day, though Troy doesn’t appear in the neighborhood anyway. (full context)
Chapter 44
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After Bathsheba ran out, Troy had thrown himself on the bed and waited, miserable, for the morning. That day he... (full context)
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In the morning, Troy rises and rides to Casterbridge, to the mason. He has no sense of economy or... (full context)
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After dark Troy leaves with a heavy basket and rides to Weatherbury churchyard. He brings a spade and... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...horrible one on the north-eastern side does still have a passage for water, and as Troy sleeps on the church porch, the stream thickens and pours right over Fanny’s grave, drowning... (full context)
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Troy usually can elude grief simply by pushing off troublesome thoughts. For almost the first time... (full context)
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...night, apart from the heavy rain, like the boiling of a pot. Bathsheba asks if Troy has been in; she says she thinks he’s gone to Budmouth, the horse-race site: Laban... (full context)
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...at the tomb and disturbed grave. She follows his eyes and reads, “Erected by Francis Troy in memory of Fanny Robbin.” Gabriel sees her, and Bathsheba’s earlier emotion cedes to calm.... (full context)
Chapter 46
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Troy wanders towards the coast, desiring to find a home anywhere other than Weatherbury and the... (full context)
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Troy jumps in and swims between two projecting rocks. But he’s caught by a current and... (full context)
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After resting, Troy tells his tale and asks to be put ashore at his bathing place. It’s evening... (full context)
Chapter 47
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Bathsheba feels slightly surprised, then relieved, though mostly indifferent, at Troy’s absence. Her youthful pride has weakened, and her anxiety with it. Sooner or later he’ll... (full context)
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...her marriage. At the market, she hears one man ask another for help finding Mrs. Troy: her husband has drowned. Bathsheba gasps, then faints. Boldwood, who’s been watching, caches her. As... (full context)
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...a bather carried by the current. After dusk set in, he saw no more. Then, Troy’s clothes arrive, and she’s convinced that he undressed meaning to dress again soon. Bathsheba wonders... (full context)
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...goes on, Bathsheba reaches a mood of calm, though not peace: she feels pain that Troy is not still hers. She’s lost interest in the farm, but keeps it going out... (full context)
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...to enter the tent. At the back, in one of the dressing tent, is Sergeant Troy. (full context)
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After Troy had embarked in Budmouth he had traveled to the United States and earned his keep... (full context)
That summer, Troy fell in with a travelling circus, where he was hired based on his shooting skills... (full context)
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Troy peeps out of the tent to see his wife sitting like a queen above the... (full context)
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Indeed, nothing goes awry, especially since Troy disguises himself with even more make up. But he’s relieved to have it over. At... (full context)
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Troy dips into the refreshment tent, where he cannot see Pennyways, though he can see Bathsheba... (full context)
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...a piece of bread, allows her hand to drop close to the tent. Suddenly, skillfully, Troy slips his hand under the cloth, snatches the note, and races away as she screams... (full context)
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...and indeed she’s not legally a widow: gently, she says while she at first doubted Troy’s death, she now has no more doubts, yet still would never think to marry another.... (full context)
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Gabriel says it depends whether Bathsheba really thinks, like everyone else, that Troy is dead: she says she’s long ceased to doubt it. He suggests she speak to... (full context)
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Troy is sitting in a Casterbridge tavern when Pennyways enters. Troy asks if he’s seen Lawyer... (full context)
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Troy buttons up his overcoat: he’s made up his mind to go to the party. Pennyways... (full context)
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Outside Boldwood’s house, a few men are whispering about Troy being seen in Casterbridge that afternoon. One, Sam Samway, says that means mischief: he pities... (full context)
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...to Warren’s instead of inside. As 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... (full context)
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...be just without wronging herself, and that there’s still a shadow of doubt as to Troy’s death. Let her ask a solicitor, she begs him. (full context)
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...she doesn’t. Then, a man at the door says a stranger is wanted for Mrs. Troy: he opens the door, and Troy stands in the doorway. In silence, those who had... (full context)
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Boldwood doesn’t recognize Troy, and invites him in cheerily. Troy takes off his cap and looks Boldwood in the... (full context)
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At first Bathsheba doesn’t move; when Troy repeats his order, Boldwood tells her to go with her husband. Still she doesn’t move:... (full context)
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...women are huddled against the walls like sheep in a storm. Bathsheba is sitting beside Troy’s body, his head in her lap, clasping one of his hands: she’s become herself again,... (full context)
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...he reaches the house. She tells 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... (full context)
Chapter 54
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...knew that Boldwood was in strange moods that fall, but few other than Bathsheba and Troy suspected his full mental state. In his closet had been discovered several expensive lady’s dresses,... (full context)
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...reads Fanny’s tombstone, then the new letters below it saying that the remain of Francis Troy lie in the same grave. (full context)
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...survive on her own, at going back to the market, even, which he’s done since Troy’s death. (full context)