Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

Jude Fawley Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist, a poor orphan who is raised by his great-aunt after his parents divorced and died. Jude dreams of attending the university at Christminister, but he fails to be accepted because of his working class background. He is a skilled stonemason and a kindly soul who cannot hurt any living thing. Jude’s “fatal flaw” is his weakness regarding alcohol and women, and he allows his marriage to Arabella, even though it is unhappy, to distract himself from his dream. He shares a deep connection with his cousin Sue, but their relationship is doomed by their earlier marriages, society’s disapproval, and bad luck. Jude starts out pious and religious, but by the end of his life he has grown agnostic and bitter.

Jude Fawley Quotes in Jude the Obscure

The Jude the Obscure quotes below are all either spoken by Jude Fawley or refer to Jude Fawley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

As the halo had been to his eyes when gazing at it a quarter of an hour earlier, so was the spot mentally to him as he pursued his dark way.
“It is a city of light,” he said to himself.
“The tree of knowledge grows there,” he added a few steps further on.
“It is a place that teachers of men spring from, and go to.”
“It is what you may call a castle, manned by scholarship and religion.”
After this figure he was silent for a long while, till he added,
“It would just suit me.”

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker)
Related Symbols: Christminster
Page Number: 25-26
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Part 1, Chapter 9 Quotes

And so, standing before the aforesaid officiator, the two swore that at every other time of their lives till death took them, they would assuredly believe, feel, and desire precisely as they had believed, felt, and desired during the few preceding weeks. What was as remarkable as the undertaking itself was the fact that nobody seemed at all surprised at what they swore.

Related Characters: Jude Fawley, Arabella Donn
Page Number: 57
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Part 1, Chapter 11 Quotes

Their lives were ruined, he thought; ruined by the fundamental error of their matrimonial union: that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling which had no necessary connection with affinities that alone render a life-long comradeship tolerable.
“Going to ill-use me on principle, as your father ill-used your mother, and your father’s sister ill-used her husband?” she asked. “All you Fawleys be a queer lot as husbands and wives.”

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Arabella Donn (speaker)
Page Number: 69
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

Only a wall divided him from those happy young contemporaries of his with whom he shared a common mental life; men who had nothing to do from morning till night but to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest. Only a wall – but what a wall!

Related Characters: Jude Fawley
Related Symbols: Christminster
Page Number: 86
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Part 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

“Cathedral? Yes. Though I think I’d rather sit in the railway station,” she answered, a remnant of vexation still in her voice. “That’s the centre of the town life now: the Cathedral has had its day!”
“How modern you are!”
“So would you be if you had lived so much in the middle ages as I have done these last few years! The Cathedral was a very good place four or five centuries ago; but it is played out now… I am not modern, either. I am more ancient than mediaevalism, if you only knew.”

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Sue Bridehead (speaker)
Page Number: 135
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Part 3, Chapter 4 Quotes

You prove it in your own person. You are one of the very men Christminster was intended for when the colleges were founded; a man with a passion for learning, but no money, or opportunities, or friends. But you were elbowed off the pavement by the millionaires’ sons.

Related Characters: Sue Bridehead (speaker), Jude Fawley
Related Symbols: Christminster
Page Number: 151
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Part 4, Chapter 2 Quotes

Jude, before I married him I had never thought out fully what marriage meant, even though I knew… I am certain one ought to be allowed to undo what one has done so ignorantly. I daresay it happens to lots of women; only they submit, and I kick… When people of a later age look back upon the barbarous customs and superstitions of the times that we have the unhappiness to live in, what will they say!

Related Characters: Sue Bridehead (speaker), Jude Fawley, Richard Phillotson
Page Number: 215
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Part 5, Chapter 3 Quotes

Jude, do you think that when you must have me with you by law, we shall be so happy as we are now? The men and women of our family are very generous when everything depends upon their good-will, but they always kick against compulsion. Don’t you dread the attitude that insensibly arises out of legal obligation? Don’t you think it is destructive to a passion whose essence is its gratuitousness?

Related Characters: Sue Bridehead (speaker), Jude Fawley
Page Number: 272
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What does it matter, when you come to think of it, whether a child is yours by blood or not? All the little ones of our time are collectively the children of us adults of the time, and entitled to our general care. That excessive regard of parents for their own children, and their dislike of other people’s, is, like class-feeling, patriotism, save-your-own-soul-ism and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker)
Related Symbols: Little Father Time
Page Number: 274
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Part 5, Chapter 8 Quotes

“She’d have come round in time. We all do! Custom does it! it’s all the same in the end! However, I think she’s quite fond of her man still – whatever he med be of her. You were too quick about her. I shouldn’t have let her go! I should have kept her chained on – her spirit for kicking would have been broke soon enough! There’s nothing like bondage and a stone-deaf task-master for taming us women. Besides, you’ve got the laws on your side. Moses knew… ‘Then shall the man be guiltless; but the woman shall bear her iniquity.’ Damn rough on us women; but we must grin and put up wi’ it – Haw haw! – Well; she’s got her deserts now.”
“Yes,” said Phillotson, with biting sadness. “Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can’t get out of it if we would!”

Related Characters: Arabella Donn (speaker), Richard Phillotson (speaker), Jude Fawley
Page Number: 318
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Part 6, Chapter 2 Quotes

“No,” said Jude. “It was in his nature to do it. The doctor says that there are such boys springing up amongst us – boys of a sort unknown in the last generation – the outcome of new views of life. They seem to see all its terrors before they are old enough to have staying power to resist them. He says it is the beginning of the coming universal wish not to live.”

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Little Father Time
Related Symbols: Little Father Time
Page Number: 337
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The boy’s face expressed the whole tale of their situation. On that little shape had converged all the inauspiciousness and shadow which had darkened the first union of Jude, and all the accidents, mistakes, fears, errors of the last. He was their nodal point, their focus, their expression in a single term. For the rashness of those parents he had groaned, for their ill-assortment he had quaked, and for the misfortunes of these he had died.

Related Characters: Jude Fawley, Little Father Time
Related Symbols: Little Father Time
Page Number: 337
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We said – do you remember? – that we would make a virtue of joy. I said it was Nature’s intention. Nature’s law and raison d’etre that we should be joyful in what instincts she afforded us – instincts which civilization had taken upon itself to thwart. What dreadful things I said! And now Fate has given us this stab in the back for being such fools as to take Nature at her word!

Related Characters: Sue Bridehead (speaker), Jude Fawley
Related Symbols: Little Father Time
Page Number: 339
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Part 6, Chapter 3 Quotes

“I see marriage differently now!... My babies have been taken from me to show me this! Arabella’s child killing mine was a judgment; the right slaying the wrong. What, what shall I do! I am such a vile creature – too worthless to mix with ordinary human beings.”
…He returned vehemently… “You make me hate Christianity, or mysticism, or Sacerdotalism, or whatever it may be called, if it’s that which has caused this deterioration in you. That a woman-poet, a woman-seer, a woman whose soul shone like a diamond – whom all the wise of the world would have been proud of, if they could have known you – should degrade herself like this! I am glad I had nothing to do with Divinity – damn glad – if it’s going to ruin you in this way!”

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Sue Bridehead (speaker), Arabella Donn, Little Father Time
Related Symbols: Little Father Time
Page Number: 350
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Perhaps as we couldn’t conscientiously marry at first in the old-fashioned way, we ought to have parted. Perhaps the world is not illuminated enough for such experiments as ours! Who were we, to think we could act as pioneers!

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker)
Page Number: 352
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Part 6, Chapter 8 Quotes

We’ve both re-married out of our senses. I was made drunk to do it. You were the same. I was gin-drunk; you were creed-drunk. Either form of intoxication takes away the nobler vision. Let us then shake off our mistakes, and run away together!

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Sue Bridehead
Page Number: 390
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Part 6, Chapter 10 Quotes

As for Sue and me when we were at our best, long ago – when our minds were clear, and our love of truth fearless – the time was not ripe for us! Our ideas were fifty years too soon to be any good to us. And so the resistance they met with brought reaction in her, and recklessness and ruin on me!

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Sue Bridehead
Page Number: 400
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Part 1, Chapter 1
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...piano that he is unsure of how to move or store. An eleven-year-old boy named Jude Fawley, who is helping Phillotson pack, suggests that his aunt could store the piano in... (full context)
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Jude is sad that Phillotson is leaving, as he has been Jude’s best and closest teacher.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2
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Jude returns home. He lives with his great-aunt, Drusilla Fawley, who is a baker, as both... (full context)
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Jude feels uncomfortable at all the attention and goes off to the bakehouse to eat breakfast.... (full context)
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Farmer Troutham, the owner of the cornfield, catches Jude “idling” and beats him with his own clacker. He fires Jude and sends him home,... (full context)
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Jude goes back to his aunt, who is disappointed that he has been fired. She tells... (full context)
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Later that day Jude goes into town and asks a man where Christminster is. The man points north-eastward, and... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3
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Jude walks a few miles north and comes to an old barn called the Brown House.... (full context)
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Dusk falls and Jude prays to see Christminster, and eventually he sees distant lights and spires, “either directly seen... (full context)
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One day Jude returns to the Brown House at dusk and waits for night to fall, watching for... (full context)
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The men tell Jude that the people of Christminster read books in languages that he will never understand, and... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4
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On his way home Jude runs into Physician Vilbert, an itinerant quack-doctor who travels constantly and sells false remedies to... (full context)
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Two weeks later Physician Vilbert returns and Jude gives him the orders for medicines he has taken. Vilbert is pleased, but he says... (full context)
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After a few weeks Phillotson sends Jude two grammar books. Jude begins to read them excitedly, but then he is overwhelmed by... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5
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In the following years Jude starts helping his great-aunt at the bakery, and he delivers her bread via horse-drawn cart... (full context)
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One day the sixteen-year-old Jude is passing by the Brown House in his cart. He notices the beautiful sunset and... (full context)
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Jude thinks more practically about moving to Christminster, and he decides to take up stoneworking as... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
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One weekend the nineteen-year-old Jude is walking to Marygreen from Alfredston. He feels optimistic about reaching Christminster soon, and he... (full context)
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Jude is suddenly struck on the ear by a piece of pig’s flesh (genitalia, though the... (full context)
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...of the pig farmer, and she boldly separates herself from the group to talk to Jude. She produces dimples in her cheeks at will, and Jude is struck by her prettiness,... (full context)
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Jude leaves in a daze, suddenly feeling like his studies and work are not so important.... (full context)
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The next day Jude considers studying his Greek and ignoring Arabella’s invitation, but then he decides it would be... (full context)
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Arabella and Jude see a fire in the distance and they run off to investigate it. It gets... (full context)
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When they enter Arabella’s house Jude is surprised that her family thinks of him as a serious suitor. Jude returns to... (full context)
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...recounting all the details of the previous night and declaring that she wants to marry Jude. Her two friends, Sarah and Anny, propose that Arabella try a special trick to “catch”... (full context)
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Jude and Arabella’s romance progresses, and one weekend they chase a lost pig through the village... (full context)
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...meets with the quack-doctor Vilbert, who tells her something that cheers her up. That evening Jude tells Arabella that he should probably move away, but Arabella cries and tells him (in... (full context)
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That night Jude starts to realize that Arabella will not make a good wife, and the townspeople gossip... (full context)
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...bigger), and also that she used to be a barmaid in Aldbrickham, a nearby town. Jude realizes that Arabella has a kind of “artificiality in [her] very blood.” (full context)
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...reveals that she isn’t actually pregnant, and Anny congratulates her on “shamming it.” One night Jude asks Arabella about the pregnancy, and she says she “made a mistake.” Jude is shocked,... (full context)
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Autumn comes and Jude and Arabella wait for the pig-killer Challow to come slaughter their pig. Challow never shows... (full context)
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The next morning the couple argues again, and Arabella throws Jude’s books onto the floor. Jude gets angry and pulls her away. Jude suddenly realizes that... (full context)
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Jude goes to see his great-aunt and asks her about his parents and his aunt and... (full context)
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Arabella doesn’t return for a few days, and then Jude gets a letter from her saying that her parents are moving to Australia, and she... (full context)
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Now that he is alone, Jude returns to his dreams of Christminster. He passes by a milestone where his sixteen-year-old self... (full context)
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Three years after his marriage, Jude finally goes to Christminster. He has grown skilled at his craft of stoneworking, and marches... (full context)
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Jude enters the town and takes lodgings in an area called Beersheba. He goes out at... (full context)
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That day Jude goes out into the streets again to find Christminster looking much less romantic – “What... (full context)
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Jude is discouraged and asks his aunt to send the portrait of Sue. Drusilla does so,... (full context)
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Jude finally gets a job offer from a stonemason and he accepts, deciding that his first... (full context)
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Afterwards Jude often follows Sue or seeks out her presence, but she doesn’t notice that he is... (full context)
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Jude learns that Sue goes to the church services of the Cardinal College, and he goes... (full context)
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Jude works a while refinishing old buildings and lettering tombstones. One day he is on a... (full context)
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One afternoon Sue comes to the stonemason’s yard while Jude is away, and she asks for Jude Fawley. One of Jude's coworkers mentions the visit,... (full context)
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Jude asks Sue if she knows Mr. Phillotson (whom he assumes is a parson), but she... (full context)
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They find Phillotson, and his “homely complexion” destroys the idealized vision Jude had had of him. Phillotson doesn’t remember Jude, but he vaguely remembers sending him the... (full context)
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As they walk home Jude is struck by “what a revelation of woman” Sue is, and he realizes he is... (full context)
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...wonders why Jerusalem should be so honored over Athens, Rome, or Alexandria. Suddenly she notices Jude, also watching the model and enthralled by it. He compliments the model but then tries... (full context)
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On Friday Jude goes out to meet Sue and Phillotson, but as he (unseen) watches them approaching he... (full context)
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Jude’s great-aunt grows ill and Jude returns to Marygreen to visit her. Drusilla is angry that... (full context)
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Jude finally receives a response from a professor at Biblioll College. The professor recommends that Jude... (full context)
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The next day Jude feels like a fool. He thinks that Sue is the only soul he truly has... (full context)
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Jude wakes up feeling that he is a failure “both in ambition and in love.” Jude... (full context)
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Jude finds Sue and they greet each other. She looks more prim and disciplined than before,... (full context)
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Jude is upset but he tries to congratulate Sue. She recognizes his distress and tries to... (full context)
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Jude begins finding piecemeal work and then is employed to work at repairing the Cathedral, whose... (full context)
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One day both Jude and Sue have a day off, and they decide to take a trip together. Jude... (full context)
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...Sue comments that she enjoys the shepherd’s simple, naturalistic life, and especially his great freedom. Jude dismisses this, calling Sue a “product of civilization” and an “urban miss.” (full context)
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Meanwhile Sue arrives at Jude’s lodgings, freezing and soaked through from crossing the river. Jude is reading when she tosses... (full context)
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Jude feels that he and Sue are “counterparts,” as she came to him in her time... (full context)
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Jude’s landlady comes upstairs to ask about dinner, and Jude hides Sue from her. He offers... (full context)
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Sue tells Jude that she used to live platonically with an undergraduate, who lent her books. She says... (full context)
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Afterwards Sue had lost her money and then moved to Christminster to the design shop. Jude calls her innocent and unconventional, and Sue declares that she is still a virgin. Jude... (full context)
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Jude is stung by Sue’s criticism of his ideal, but Sue says that he is the... (full context)
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Jude calls Sue “Voltairean” (thinking like the philosopher Voltaire), and is struck by her unorthodox ideas.... (full context)
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Jude returns to his room to find Sue dressed and ready to leave. She is suddenly... (full context)
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Jude discusses his forbidden love for Sue, and the narrator comments that he ought to kiss... (full context)
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...of her scandalous departure. Phillotson is shocked, and he goes into the cathedral. He notices Jude is there too, working, and Phillotson approaches him. (full context)
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Phillotson asks Jude about Sue, and Jude assures him that nothing has happened between them, though he hints... (full context)
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Sue acts coldly towards Jude, and he remarks that she is nicer in her letters than in person. Jude then... (full context)
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Jude and Sue walk around town, and Jude says that Arabella is the only obstacle between... (full context)
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Two days later Sue sends Jude a letter saying that she is marrying Phillotson in a few weeks. She signs the... (full context)
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Jude agrees to give Sue away, and offers that she and Phillotson stay at his lodgings... (full context)
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Jude takes Sue to visit the church where she is to marry Phillotson, and she walks... (full context)
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Jude is struck again by the cruelty of having him give Sue away to Phillotson, and... (full context)
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Jude then notices that Arabella is one of the barmaids, and he gets her attention. Arabella... (full context)
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The next morning Arabella tells Jude that she had married a hotel manager in Australia, and she asks Jude to keep... (full context)
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Jude returns to the station and encounters Sue, who is distraught. She thought that Jude had... (full context)
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Sue and Jude ride the train to Alfredston together, and Jude asks her about her marriage to Phillotson.... (full context)
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Jude takes Sue to the train station so she can return to Melchester. He asks if... (full context)
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Jude returns to Melchester and throws himself into his religious studies. He starts to worry that... (full context)
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Jude travels to Kennetbridge and visits the composer, but soon discovers that the man wrote music... (full context)
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...describes the town of Shaston, where Sue now lives, as a place of worldly pleasures. Jude arrives there and comes to the schoolroom where Sue teaches, but he finds it empty.... (full context)
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...both are struck by the similarity of their natures. They spontaneously hold hands several times. Jude accuses Sue of being a flirt sometimes and she is offended by this, but she... (full context)
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Sue tells Jude to come back the following week and she sends him away. Jude wanders about town,... (full context)
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The next morning Sue sends Jude a letter retracting her invitation for the following week, saying they were “too free” before.... (full context)
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Sue arrives in Marygreen for the funeral a few days later. After the ceremony Jude and Sue discuss their tragic family and their unhappy marriages. Sue muses on how divorce... (full context)
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Jude apologizes to Sue for not warning her about marrying Phillotson. Jude and Sue vaguely discuss... (full context)
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Jude pushes his face against Sue’s cheek and asks if she would have married him if... (full context)
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Jude talks to her, and Sue admits that she was already sleepless worrying about her marital... (full context)
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The next day Jude and Sue part ways in the road, go a few yards, and then run back... (full context)
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Jude gathers up his theological books and pamphlets and burns them behind his aunt’s house. Jude... (full context)
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Phillotson meets Sue at the station, and Sue admits to him that she held Jude’s hand, but says nothing about the kiss. Phillotson seems unperturbed. That night Phillotson wakes up... (full context)
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...if Sue plans to live alone, and she admits that she wants to live with Jude. Phillotson accuses her of being in love with Jude, but Sue denies it. The couple... (full context)
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...his marital troubles and the fact that his wife is repulsed by him. He describes Jude, saying that Jude and Sue “seem to be one person split in two.” Phillotson says... (full context)
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...most moral thing to do, though it goes against law and tradition. Phillotson again describes Jude and Sue’s relationship, comparing them to characters in a poem by Shelley (lovers who are... (full context)
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...she truly separate herself from him and keep all her actions to herself. She mentions Jude’s name and Phillotson says he doesn’t want to know anything more about Jude. Sue feels... (full context)
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...comes to visit Phillotson, and Phillotson admits that he has let Sue leave him for Jude. Phillotson says that he thought he was an “old-fashioned man” regarding marriage, but in such... (full context)
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Jude meets Sue at the train station in Melchester, and he tells her that they are... (full context)
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As they approach Aldbrickham Jude reveals that he has booked one room for them at the Temperance Hotel, and Sue... (full context)
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Jude shows Sue a note he received from Phillotson, asking that Jude be kind to Sue... (full context)
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Sue then asks Jude if they can stay at a different hotel, and Jude accuses her of being a... (full context)
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They reach Aldbrickham and decide to stay at a different hotel. It is the one Jude stayed at with Arabella, though he doesn’t notice this. When Jude is out of the... (full context)
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...she jumped out the window rather than sleep with Phillotson. Sue is clearly jealous, so Jude tells her that Arabella has taken a second husband. He vows to never inform against... (full context)
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...he will forgive everything if she does. Sue again refuses, and she tells Phillotson that Jude is seeking a divorce from his first wife. They part ways and Phillotson tortures himself... (full context)
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...as well endure the rest of his life alone and truly free Sue to marry Jude. Gillingham disagrees with Phillotson’s motives, but thinks it is a good plan. (full context)
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A few months later Jude and Sue are still living in separate but adjacent rooms in Aldbrickham. They get a... (full context)
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Jude and Sue walk about together for a while, and then Jude asks Sue if she... (full context)
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Jude responds that this might do for the “phantasmal, bodiless” Sue, but ordinary folk like him... (full context)
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One night Jude returns home and Sue tells him a woman came to ask for him. Sue thinks... (full context)
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Sue begs Jude not to go, but Jude feels his usual sympathy for Arabella. They argue for a... (full context)
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...Arabella so badly, and she wants to go find her at her inn. Sue kisses Jude passionately and then remarks that “the little bird is caught at last.” Sue goes off... (full context)
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Before leaving, Arabella advises Sue to marry Jude, listing all the practical ways that marriage will help her properly ensnare him. Sue gets... (full context)
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Sue returns to Jude and tells him that her conversation with Arabella has further convinced her what a “vulgar... (full context)
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One day Jude gets a letter from Arabella, whose last name is now Cartlett. In the letter Arabella... (full context)
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Sue is upset by the plight of the unwanted child, and she asks Jude if they can take him in. Jude agrees, saying it doesn’t matter whether the child... (full context)
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...is there to meet him at the train station. Arabella had sent him on to Jude immediately without a kind word at all. The boy looks constantly depressed and weighed down... (full context)
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The child reaches the house just as Jude and Sue are going to bed, and they are surprised to see him. They apologize... (full context)
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...affection for each other. After the boy goes to bed Sue declares that she and Jude must be strong for his sake, and go get legally married. (full context)
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...name, though his nickname is “Little Father Time” because he seems so aged and world-weary. Jude is disturbed by this, but he decides to christen the boy “Jude” when he and... (full context)
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Jude asks the Widow Edlin to attend the “ceremony” the next day, and she comes and... (full context)
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...if the Fawleys were like the cursed house of Atreus in Greek mythology. She and Jude are both unhappy about the marriage, but they go on to the office. It is... (full context)
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...inconsistency, and they go to the parish church where a wedding is already taking place. Jude and Sue are just as upset by this wedding, as watching the ignorant, innocent bride... (full context)
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Sue and Jude return home, having failed to actually get married. The Widow Edlin comments on what a... (full context)
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For a while Jude and Sue are happy together, though Little Father Time remains gloomy and world-weary. One day... (full context)
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Arabella scornfully says that Little Father Time can’t be Sue’s child, as Sue and Jude haven’t been married long enough. Cartlett still has no idea that Arabella has a child... (full context)
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...so enamoured of each other. Cartlett grows bored, so Arabella leaves him and keeps following Jude. She runs into her old friend Anny and then Physician Vilbert, and they all discuss... (full context)
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Arabella watches Sue and Jude observing a model of Christminster that they themselves built, and Arabella mocks Jude’s love for... (full context)
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Meanwhile Jude and Sue keep admiring things at the agricultural show and commenting on their own happiness.... (full context)
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Jude and Sue’s private life becomes more of a subject for gossip, and soon everyone in... (full context)
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Later Jude is nudged out of a workers’ union, and the couple decides to move away. They... (full context)
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Afterwards Sue feels guilty and confesses to Jude, and she laments aloud that the law of Nature is “mutual butchery.” Little Father Time... (full context)
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After leaving Aldbrickham Jude and Sue lead an almost nomadic lifestyle, moving from town to town and working. Almost... (full context)
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...Arabella approaches them, saying that she is mourning her husband Cartlett. Arabella questions Sue about Jude, and Sue reveals that they are still living together. They have two children and Sue... (full context)
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Sue says that Jude became ill doing stonework, so now he makes cakes in the shape of colleges –... (full context)
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...with Sue has made her very jealous. After passing the house where she lived with Jude, Arabella quickly convinces herself to give up religion and try to win Jude back. She... (full context)
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Meanwhile Sue goes home, where the Widow Edlin is tending to the sick Jude. Sue tells Jude that she sold all the Christminster cakes, which excites him, but then... (full context)
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Three weeks later Jude and Sue arrive at Christminster with their two children and Little Father Time, who has... (full context)
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In the large crowd Jude sees his old companions Tinker Taylor and Uncle Joe. They ask him if he ever... (full context)
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Jude confesses that his desires were too strong and distracted him from his dream, but he... (full context)
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It starts to rain and Sue, who has grown emotional at Jude’s words, wants them to go look for lodgings. Jude wants to keep watching the processing... (full context)
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Jude and Sue wander about looking for lodging, but they are turned away. Little Father Time... (full context)
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...children enter, the landlady asks Sue about her marital situation. Sue admits that she and Jude are not officially married, but that they live together as husband and wife. The landlady... (full context)
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...deep depression, looking out the window at Sarcophagus College and wondering at the strength of Jude’s dream that he should have brought them to dreary, unfriendly Christminster. Little Father Time is... (full context)
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Sue wakes up early the next morning and goes to find Jude, who has found a passable inn. They have a quick breakfast together and then return... (full context)
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Jude immediately cuts the children down and lays them on the bed, and then he runs... (full context)
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Jude talks to the doctor and then informs Sue that there is no hope for the... (full context)
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...on Little Father Time’s face they seem to see the expression and condensation of all Jude’s bad luck and failures. They hear an organ in a nearby church playing “Truly God... (full context)
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Sue weeps and tells Jude about her conversation with Little Father Time the night before. She feels that her relationship... (full context)
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...to uncover the coffins. Sue weeps, begging to see her children one last time, but Jude shepherds her home. That night Sue gives birth to a premature, stillborn baby. (full context)
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Jude and Sue find lodgings in the Beersheba district, and Jude finds some stonemasonry work. They... (full context)
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...being punished, and she decides that she still rightfully belongs to Phillotson, as she and Jude never really married. She feels that she has sinned against God by leaving Phillotson, and... (full context)
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Sue says she wishes she could take back all her unorthodox views and formidable intellect. Jude is upset by this, and he asks Sue to marry him if that will satisfy... (full context)
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...children’s graves but didn’t feel comfortable coming to the funeral. Arabella offhandedly describes Sue as Jude’s wife, but Sue denies this and leaves. Arabella tells Jude that her father has returned... (full context)
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Meanwhile Sue has disappeared, and Jude goes to look for her at the church, though it is nighttime. He finds Sue... (full context)
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Jude responds by lamenting that the once brilliant, wise Sue has so degraded herself, and he... (full context)
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Jude accuses Sue of never having really loved him. She says she does love him, but... (full context)
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...is at Marygreen ruminating on his encounter with Arabella. He reads about the deaths of Jude and Sue’s children in the newspaper. Later he meets Arabella again, as she has moved... (full context)
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One day Sue comes to Jude’s lodgings and asks him to come out and meet her. They go to the cemetery... (full context)
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...Sue says that they died to show her the error of her ways. She tells Jude that she will marry Phillotson at Marygreen, and asks him to send her her belongings.... (full context)
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The next day Christminster is covered in fog and Jude is too depressed to go to work. Meanwhile Sue takes the train to Marygreen and... (full context)
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...and as she unpacks her things Sue finds a nightgown she had bought to impress Jude. She burns it, despite Mrs. Edlin’s protests. Mrs. Edlin begs Sue not to marry Phillotson,... (full context)
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Meanwhile Arabella comes to Jude’s lodgings, telling him that her father has kicked her out and she has no money... (full context)
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...goes and returns that same day, practicing making dimples on the train ride. She tells Jude that Sue went through with the marriage, though part of her seemed against it. Arabella... (full context)
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Jude stays out late, and Arabella goes to her father’s house and tells him to leave... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 7
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...work at his pork-shop and Arabella tells him that she has “a prize upstairs” – Jude. She says that they must keep Jude in the house for a while until they... (full context)
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Jude is sick with a bad hangover. Arabella tells Donn that he must provide a steady... (full context)
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Finally one early morning Arabella convinces Jude that he promised to marry her in his drunken state. Jude denies this, but Donn... (full context)
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...don’t recognize divorce in her dogma,” so now all was right with their relationship. Meanwhile Jude asks for more alcohol, laughing bitterly at the sacrifices he has made for his honor,... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 8
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Jude and Arabella get their own lodgings, but Jude soon grows sick with a respiratory illness.... (full context)
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Jude’s condition worsens, and he asks Arabella to write Sue about his illness. Arabella protests that... (full context)
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Arabella estimates Jude’s life “with an appraiser’s eye” and agrees to write to Sue. After a few days... (full context)
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Jude grows weaker on his journey, but he reaches Sue’s school and sends for her. She... (full context)
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They argue again, but suddenly Sue asks Jude to kiss her and they kiss passionately. Sue declares that she does love Jude still,... (full context)
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Jude walks back to Alfredston, freezing in the wind and rain. He passes the Brown House,... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 9
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Arabella meets Jude at the platform, and he admits both that he has seen Sue and has basically... (full context)
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...to Sue’s house to help her with her domestic duties. Sue confesses that she saw Jude and still loves him “grossly.” Sue has decided to do a “penance” for this act... (full context)
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...she steels herself and goes to Phillotson’s room. Sue tells Phillotson about her meeting with Jude and their kiss. Phillotson is slightly upset and makes her promise not to do it... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 10
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Months pass and Jude’s illness decreases but then returns. He muses on his old dream of Christminster, and says... (full context)
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One day the Widow Edlin visits Jude, and she tells him that Sue and Phillotson have consummated their marriage, though Sue only... (full context)
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...“weak women must provide for a rainy day,” and she needs a new husband if Jude dies. (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 11
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More months pass and summer arrives, and Jude nears death. One afternoon he falls asleep as Arabella is getting ready to go out.... (full context)
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Jude wakes up alone and asks for some water. He calls for both Arabella and Sue,... (full context)
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Meanwhile Arabella flirts with men, and tells Jude’s fellow stoneworkers that he is at home sleeping. They ask her to come with them... (full context)
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Arabella goes back out and tells the men that Jude is still asleep. They go and watch the boat races, and Physician Vilbert approaches her... (full context)
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Jude’s funeral is two days later, and it takes place as distant crowds cheer for illustrious... (full context)