were laid in London, of which city Hardy had just had between five and six years’ constant and varied experience — as only a young man in the metropolis can get it — knowing every street and alley west of St. Paul’s like a born Londoner, which he was often supposed to be; an experience quite ignored by the reviewers of his later books, who, if he only touched on London in his pages, promptly reminded him not to write of a place he was unacquainted with, but to get back to his sheepfolds. (63–4)
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- 9.Harold Orel (ed.), Thomas Hardy’s Personal Writings (Macmillan, 1967) p. 246.Google Scholar