Thomas Hardy's "A Broken Appointment" is a melancholy poem in which the speaker gets stood up by the woman that he loves. The speaker complains that the woman's non-arrival breaks a kind of ethical code and that human beings (like her) ought to treat others (like him) with "lovingkindness." If she'd only spent a "little hour" with him despite not loving him back, the speaker argues, it would have added to the overall "store" of goodness in the world. Of course, the reader can decide for themselves whether the speaker has a point—or if this is just a case of sour grapes. The poem was published in Hardy's second collection, Poems of the Past and the Present (1901).