By Thomas Hardy
The daughter of a filthy rich railway multi-millionaire, Paula energy inherits De Stancy citadel, an old fort wanting modernization. She commissions George Somerset, a tender architect, to adopt the paintings. Somerset falls in love with Paula yet she, the Laodicean of the name, is torn among his admiration and that of Captain De Stancy, whose old-world romanticism contrasts with Somerset's forward-looking perspective.
Paula's vacillation, even though, isn't just romantic. Her ambiguity concerning faith, politics and social development is a mirrored image of the author's personal. This new Penguin Classics variation of Hardy's textual content includes an advent and notes that light up and make clear those subject matters, and attracts parallels among the textual content and the author's existence and perspectives.
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