The largest category, " Novels of Character and Environment, " includes the well known core of his oeuvre also known as the Wessex Novels; this novel falls in Hardy 's second category, the storie of " Romance and Fantasies; with the third category, " Novels of Ingenuity, " containing just three relatively minor works.A Pair of Blue Eyes is set in Hardy 's fictional 'Wessex' of southwestern England; and, in act, th ovel is largely played out in 'Lower' and 'Off Wessex,' in reality that part of England referred to as Cornwall with its rural countryside and majestic sea-cliffs.
Every time I writ a Hardy novel, or short story, I have this over-whelming feel that I am experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of the protagonist that he is writing about.
Through Hardy 's fiction, I ind another example of my own understanding that the individual human experience and existence is nothing les than a infinitesimally tiny blip when compared to the history and time-line of the Cosmos; but that it lso makes my understanding of those brief experiences we have with one another, and the motions that we eel, so much more mportant and interesting.In A Pair of Blue Eyes, Hardy addresses the well-trod literary ground associated with class-consciousness and its effects on courtship and Love.
Anothe ovel 's primary characte, Elfride Swancourt, the beautiful aughter of he local parson, struggles with becoming a oman and experiencing romantic feelings for the next time when she sees anothe young architect, Stephen Smith, upon his visit to 'Endelstowe' to begin restoring the old parish church.
Additionally, the protagonist of Elfride Swancourt, as th protagonis, is interesting to consider in the evolutionary continuum from 'Fancy Day' ( Under the Greenwood Tree), 'Bathsheba Everdene' ( Far From the Madding Crowd), 'Eustacia Vye' ( The Return of the Native), 'Tess Durbeyfield' ( Tess of the d'Urbervilles), and that culminates with 'Sue Bridehead' ( Jude the Obscure) .I hope you enjoy A Pair of Blue Eyes as much as I wanted.