By Thomas Hardy
The daughter of a filthy rich railway rich person, Paula energy inherits De Stancy fort, an historical citadel short of modernization. She commissions George Somerset, a tender architect, to adopt the paintings. Somerset falls in love with Paula yet she, the Laodicean of the identify, is torn among his admiration and that of Captain De Stancy, whose old-world romanticism contrasts with Somerset's forward-looking perspective.
Paula's vacillation, besides the fact that, isn't just romantic. Her ambiguity relating to faith, politics and social growth is a mirrored image of the author's personal. This new Penguin Classics variation of Hardy's textual content includes an creation and notes that light up and make clear those issues, and attracts parallels among the textual content and the author's lifestyles and perspectives.
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