Thomas Hardy Pamela Dalziel
A Pair of Blue Eyes
March 07, 2020 Comments.. 186
A Pair of Blue Eyes When Elfrise Swanston meets Stephen Smith she is attracted to his handsome face gentle bearing and the sense of mystery which surrounds him Although distressed to find that the mystery consists only

  • Title: A Pair of Blue Eyes
  • Author: Thomas Hardy Pamela Dalziel
  • ISBN: 9780140435290
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Elfrise Swanston meets Stephen Smith she is attracted to his handsome face, gentle bearing and the sense of mystery which surrounds him Although distressed to find that the mystery consists only in the humbleness of his origins, she remains true to their youthful vows But societal pressures, and the advent of the superior Henry Knight, eventually displace her affectWhen Elfrise Swanston meets Stephen Smith she is attracted to his handsome face, gentle bearing and the sense of mystery which surrounds him Although distressed to find that the mystery consists only in the humbleness of his origins, she remains true to their youthful vows But societal pressures, and the advent of the superior Henry Knight, eventually displace her affections Knight, however, proves to be an uncompromising moralist who, obsessed with fears about Elfride s sexual past, destroys her happiness.Writing of the struggle between classes and sexes, Hardy drew heavily on his own relationships, and in the introduction, Pamela Dalziel discovers fascinating parallels between Hardy s life and his art.

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    1. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) says:

      This was a fast read, and I very much enjoyed it! If you are already a Hardy fan, I heartily recommend reading A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873); if you aren't, this just might make you one. A Pair of Blues Eyes was the third novel published by Hardy, and the first published under his own name. In his later years, Hardy created three categories in which he placed all of his fiction. The largest category, "Novels of Character and Environment," includes the well known core of his oeuvre also known as the [...]

    2. MJ Nicholls says:

      [Spoilers!] Thom’s third novel is a classic Victorian tale of a scatterbrained ingenue who falls for a working class upstart and changes her mind about eloping with him in London while eloping with him in London who then starts seeing the working class upstart’s posher middle-class mentor who over a number of pages learns about her time with the working class upstart (not his name) and the botched elopement and turns against her for social embarrassment and Victorian deportment reasons and w [...]

    3. Giss Golabetoon says:

      Yet another story of love and life by Hardy, he advocates for women and understands them in ways i don't know how but he does, and he is a wizard with words and he knows the sunset and the moonlight and everything in between as passionately as humanly possible. "A lady would have said there was a smell of tobacco in the room, a man that there was not."

    4. Leslie says:

      Curse you Thomas Hardy! Curse you for tearing my heart out and making me cry like a dummie over fictional characters. I thought I was so smart and knew what was going to happen and you ripped the rug out from under me. You left me without my happy ending. Curse you! And the saddest thing is that I am no newcomer to Hardy. I've read your work before. As I cracked this one open I thought of my teenage favorite, Return of the Native. I should have thought of Tess! Yeah, you heard me. Poor TEss and [...]

    5. Magrat Ajostiernos says:

      2,5/5 Un poco meh.Mi menos preferida de Hardy con 'El alcalde de Casterbridge', aún así tiene sus momentos.

    6. Duane says:

      I love this Thomas Hardy novel almost as much as Tess of the D'Urbervilles. It is partly autobiographical, with the heroine Elfride based on his first wife Emma Gifford. It is a short, romantic novel with interesting characters and many twists and turns that are unexpected, especially the ending. Well written as are all of Hardy's novels.

    7. Lada Fleur says:

      A romance about the countryside and its values, about the time and changing world, about adolecence and its expectations. A dream novel. A novel of an eighteen year old dream. Of impossibility to come to terms to life and what it offers. A dream shattered. I compare it to Zola's Reve, le reve de son heroine Angelique, dreaming away under the medieval cathedral'S shadow, embroidering her destiny in.Elfride Swancourt was a girl whose emotions lay very near the surface. Their nature more precisely, [...]

    8. Bruce says:

      Before he turned to the exclusive writing of poetry late in his life, Thomas Hardy wrote a series of marvelous novels, some of which many of us were introduced to early in our lives. His novels were written during the Victorian period, a period in which his views were profoundly at odds with the progressive optimism so prevalent within the general public. Rather he focused primarily on rural life in the south of England (“Wessex”), emphasizing the implacability of fate, decline of rural life [...]

    9. Dolors says:

      This is a novel I would highly recommend to everybody, not only to Hardy's fans. The story is so nicely unfolded and detailed that you can almost feel the wind in that spellbinding cliff scene. This is a simple story, don't expect great literary references or witty remarks. But it is told with so much gentleness and the characters are very well portrayed and developed. Elfride, though, is not as the other Hardy's heroines, she is young, gullible and has grown up protected by her father. I though [...]

    10. Sarah Anne says:

      I enjoyed every minute of this book, start to finish. That doesn't mean that I liked all of the characters all of the time or that it was a perfect book, it was merely a pleasurable read all the way through.The main reason I wanted to read this particular book is that it's the origin of the term "cliffhanger." Apparently it was originally published in serial form and it does, indeed, leave a character clinging to the side of a cliff at one point. I can see where this was incredibly suspenseful i [...]

    11. Laura says:

      From BBC radio 4 Extra:Thomas Hardy's partly autobiographical story about the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgroundsJeremy Irons is splendid!!!

    12. Laura Palmiz says:

      Thomas Hardy non finisce mai di stupirmi.Quando si legge Due occhi azzurri è impossibile non riscontrare una certa somiglianza con la storia di Tess. Eppure sono storie diverse, come diverse sono le due protagoniste. Anche se accomunate da una stessa sorte e da un certo fare civettuolo che sarà poi causa di tutte le loro sciagure, è diverso il loro modo di amare (se di vero amore si può parlare, in alcuni frangenti), e differente è il manifestarsi della disperazione che le attanaglierà a u [...]

    13. Tavoulari Eleni says:

      "How shall I answer without being ashamed? What fickle beings we men are, Stephen! Men may love strongest for a while, but women love longest. I used to love her--in my way, you know."" A fancy some people hold, when in a bitter mood, is that inexorable circumstance only tries to prevent what intelligence attempts. Renounce a desire for a long-contested position, and go on another tack, and after a while the prize is thrown at you, seemingly in disappointment that no more tantalizing is possible [...]

    14. Nathan says:

      This was my second Hardy novel. Both of them were a bit of a slow start, though this one hooked me much faster than The Return of the Native. I never thought I'd be the kind of guy who's a fan of 19th century British romances, but when they're this well-written, I can't help myself. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Elfride and the men in her life.I have so much more to read, but I won't be surprised if I end up liking Thomas Hardy more the Collins, Dickens, any of the Brontes, or eve [...]

    15. Katie Lumsden says:

      Perhaps 3.5. An interesting Hardy read - not my favourite but one that certainly has given me a lot to think about. In general I found the characters engaging and the plotting well done, with some stunning scenes, although the ending was a little disappointing.

    16. Elena T. says:

      🌸 «Una cosa in lei, però, l’avreste notata: i suoi occhi. Essi accoglievano la sublimazione di tutto il suo essere, non era più necessario volgere lo sguardo altrove: lì, ella viveva.Quegli occhi erano azzurri. Azzurri come la distanza autunnale, come l’azzurro che si vede tra i profili sfuggenti delle colline e dei pendii boscosi che si perdono nella lontananza di un’assolata mattina di settembre. Un azzurro nebbioso e ombroso, senza principio né superficie, da scrutare in profond [...]

    17. minnie says:

      A Pair of Blue Eyes was Thomas Hardy’s third published novel, written in 1873 it was autobiographical, as the heroine Elfride Swancourt is based on Hardy’s first wife Emma Gifford. The novel is set in Cornwall where Hardy met Emma in 1870.Elfride Swancourt is a sheltered rectors daughter, with romantic notions(in the book she’s writing a romantic novel) when Stephen Smith a handsome young architect arrives to do some business with her father he falls in love with Elfride, and from this poi [...]

    18. Amy says:

      A Pair of Blue Eyes' claim to fame is that it is the book that brought us the term "cliffhanger". It was first published as a serialized novel, and one of the chapters ends with a man literally dangling off the edge of a remote cliff with no trees or rope in sight as a rescue aid and his only hope the brawn of his young woman companion. The book features a love triangle between the wishy-washy Elfride, the douchebag Mr. Knight, and the doe-eyed Stephen. I'm not sure any reader would hope Elfride [...]

    19. Daniel Villines says:

      In my experience with 19th Century writing, I’ve noticed a fair amount of heavy handedness by writers that seemingly push their characters through plots. There always appears to be something forced about the tragedies and the characters seem to be easily trapped by emotions spawned by narrow perceptions of life. I find these manipulations to be distracting form the reality that these writers strive to create.The element of Blue Eyes that is refreshing is that the plot feels organic to the hear [...]

    20. Trina says:

      This book was strange for me to read. I didn't really like it, but at the same time, I wanted to know what was going to happen. I know it's very much a product of it's time, but still. Elfride I found fickle, vapid, and honestly rather boring. Stephen was the sappy lover without much personality. Knight was condescending and cruel to her. Basically, the story is thus: Girl falls in love with dude #1, dad says no because he is below them. #1 goes to India to make his fortune so he can marry her. [...]

    21. Gill says:

      At last I've read a book by Hardy that I enjoyed. It was much less gloomy than I remember his other books to be. (view spoiler)[ However once Hardy had introduced the family vault into the story, I guessed, correctly, that no good would come of it for Elfrede! (hide spoiler)] The description of the countryside etc was very evocative. I very much enjoyed the story, and the characterisation of the people in the book.

    22. Bettie☯ says:

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    23. Steven says:

      Tragic love triangle of a young woman torn between a younger and older man.

    24. Grazia Spaccia Libri says:

      Recensione sul blog: laspacciatricedilibri

    25. Durdles says:

      Every Thomas Hardy novel becomes my favourite while it is being read, but it is difficult to understand why this early gem is not even more lauded. Perhaps it just hasn't yet been made into a memorable TV series. A challenge for you Andrew Davies. My familiarity with the location - around Boscastle in Cornwall - which has been the scene of a more recent natural disaster, makes it an even more enjoyable read. The description of the natural landscape, viscissitudes of weather and local architectur [...]

    26. Ali says:

      Read this as part of the Thomas Hardy reading challenge. The second time I have read this novel, and yet I found I had remembered nothing of the story at all. I was puzzled by this as I found it hugely readable, and really very gripping in parts, which I must surely have done the first time I read it. The prose is beautiful, the descriptions of landscape, and buildings are lovely. It is a wonderfully accessible Hardy novel, and one I would recommend to people who don't like some of the better kn [...]

    27. Roberta says:

      'Because I utter commonplace words, you must not suppose I think only commonplace thoughts. My poor stock of words are like a limited number of rough moulds I have to cast all my materials in, good and bad; and the novelty or delicacy of the substance is often lost in the coarse triteness of the form.'Romanzo accessibilissimo di Hardy, che pur mantenendo i suoi temi fondamentali (la natura, il pessimismo, la vita rurale, le restrizioni sociali, il fatalismo) risulta più leggero di altri e per q [...]

    28. Sue says:

      Well, this is the last Thomas Hardy book I'm going to read. I've decided that he never will allow a character in his story to be happy, never find mercy or forgiveness for any perceived misdeed. And so it is in A Pair of Blue Eyes. In the cronological biography of Hardy I noted that he became an agnostic sometime in his twenties. Perhaps his dissatisfaction with God is the reason he can ill-afford any kindness to a sufferer. Of his books I've read Far from the Madding Crowd, A Pair of Blue Eyes, [...]

    29. Mike says:

      4 ½ stars. What seems at first (and is really) a typical 19th century light romance, with all the attendant silliness, is actually a pretty astute study of innocent deceit, the pitfalls of over-idealization, the social constraints of being a woman, the sometimes minute differences between love and possession, and the destructive nature of jealousy, especially when it’s based on assumption and mere suspicion. None of this is particularly exceptional, but Hardy’s prose is—-I love it, and so [...]

    30. Sylvester says:

      I would like to excuse Hardy by saying this is his first novel, but I can't. He wrote 2 or 3 before, and good ones. (They say it is based on his courtship of his first wife - if so, I pity them both.) This is probably a perfectly fine book, but in comparison to his others, it falls far short. The idealization of love and the loved one was a big theme, and one I happen to dislike. So not a book for me.

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