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Bathsheba and Gabriel-Far from the Madding Crowd

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Introduction

BATHSHEBA AND GABRIEL Initial: Bathsheba did not fall in love with Gabriel at first sight as he did with her. In response to his visit, she pursues him in a tomboyish style and naively assures him that she has no other suitors, a relief to Gabriel who admits that since he was an everyday sort of man his only chance was in being the first comer. She listens to his earnest promises of all things he could offer to her but Bathsheba was too romantically inclined to find them a reason to get married. She admitted the life he painted was something she would like but without the encumbrance of a husband!! ...read more.

Middle

LIFE Gradually grief subsides and she leads a life of seclusion and retirement. She avoids people and remains indoors for most of the time. Bathsheba had a tendency to take the devotion and attachment of Gabriel Oak as a matter of course without realizing it. She had taken it for granted that he would go on worshipping her and nursing his hopeless passion to the end of his life. Without being aware of it she had begun to be totally dependent on him. On receiving his notice of resignation she was shocked and the very thought of Gabriel leaving her grieved and wounded her emotionally. She realized that over the years he had become indispensable to her and that without him life would become barren and empty. ...read more.

Conclusion

Boldwood's passion was constant but becomes a mania and obsession with him. He imagines public mockery and envisages loss of his "good name" and "standing" by her rejection. His unfulfilled and unrequited feelings become a mental torment and agony. While Oak is able to exercise restraint on his feelings and keep himself busy at work Boldwood loses all interest in his farm and his peace of mind once he knows Bathsheba has married Troy. He becomes unbalanced and careless even forgetting to cover his ricks and protect them from damage by storm. His skull like appearance unable to bear the truth shocks Gabriel. Though Boldwood was a wealthy farmer and offered Bathsheba a rise in her social status she rejects him, as he was not able to stir any love or romance in her. She sought love and not materialistic pleasure in marriage. ...read more.

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