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Introduction

Relieves responsibility. At the start of the story, we are told by Liddy that Boldwood "took her and put her to school and got her a place here with your uncle." And that "he's a very kind man." With this, we can see that Boldwood is regarded highly in the eyes of the country folk. However, when he fell for Bathsheba, he became an emotional wreck and his hay ricks ruined as he didn't collect them in before the storm. By doing this, he is shirking his responsibilities. As Gabriel said, "A few months earlier Boldwood's forgetting his husbandry would have been as preposterous as a sailor forgetting he was in a ship." Boldwood forgetting his hay ricks was a huge clue to how much Bathsheba's marriage had affected him. At the end of the story, he tried to take his own life and was only stopped by his worker Sam. Compared to the dignified and respected Boldwood we saw at the start of the novel, this is a drastic change. Similarly, Troy shirks his responsibilities and drags the rest of the workers down with him as well by practically forcing them to drink. He tells them that "If any of the men show the white feather, let them look else where for a winter's work." By saying this, the men had been left with no choice but to do what he told them to. ...read more.

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She asked Gabriel "if the men made any observations on my going behind the sedge with Mr Boldwood yesterday." This shows that what the workers think of her matter quite a lot as if they thought that she was a frivolous woman, they might not work as well for her. Boldwood's workers overhear him speaking to himself before the Christmas party at which he would have Bathsheba's answer on whether she would marry him after seven years or not. Through the workers, the readers realise the full extent of Boldwood's obsession about Bathsheba. "I hope to God she'll come, or this night will be nothing bit misery to me! O my darling, my darling, why do you keep me in suspense like this? " Also, one of his workers said: "I thought that fancy of his was long over." This tells us that to the outside world, Boldwood seems fairly normal and he seems to be getting on with his life quite well, while in actual fact, he is still in the clutches of his craze about Bathsheba. Show off the charms of simple country life. Thomas Hardy described the malt house as a place where there was great hospitality and cosiness. "The room inside was lighted only by the ruddy glow from the kiln mouth". Gabriel also brings the lamb ether. This shows us the hospitality of the old malter. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also, at the fire, all the people co-operated. It seemed like the whole village was there to try to help. Everybody lent a helping hand. "On the ground, the groups of villagers were still occupied in doing all they could to keep down the conflagration" Again, Thomas Hardy emphasises the pureness of country life and how everybody sets other people before themselves. At the end of the story, the country folks appeared outside Gabriel's house, after his wedding. "their ears were greeted with the firing of a cannon, followed what seemed like a tremendous blowing of trumpets." This showed us that the country folks had placed their stamp of approval on them. Others Gabriel strived to be accepted by the people in Weatherbury by trying to conform to what their society was like. Although he wasn't used to drinking and eating things with layers of ash and grime on them, he pretended that he didn't really mind so as to make the villagers believe that he didn't think that it was beneath himself to do such things. "I never fuss about dirt in its pure state, and when I know what sort it is." This shows that the opinion of people at that time did indeed matter a lot to individuals just as it does in our own society today. If Gabriel hadn't acted in the way he did, he probably would have never had been accepted into this circle of workers and instead would be isolated from the rest of them. ...read more.

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