The Short Stories
This slight romance was drawn from scenes in Hardy’s first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady. Many modifications were undoubtedly made (for example, the hero of the novel was an architect), but the original style, which Hardy later dismissed as ‘the affected simplicity of Defoe’s’, is preserved, and the closing scene achieves a distinctiveness and pathos which indicate a remarkable combination of discipline and poetic feeling. The period of the story is 1848–53. It was published in The New Quarterly Magazine and Harper’s Weekly in July 1878. Hardy did not include it in his collected works, and the place-names were therefore not changed to conform to the Wessex nomenclature which he adopted in the writing and revision of his novels from 1875. The topography is too general to appear localized, but Tollamore and Melport are easily identifiable.
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