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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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Those who simply accept one of the national churches provide Donne with satiric examples of how not to seek true religion. Some of the satiric portraits have Juvenalian models, but their careful arrangement recalls Horatian depictions of opposite deviations from the mean rather than Juvenal’s looser mode of progression. Donne first presents a triad of characters who embrace Roman Catholicism, Geneva-style Calvinism, and the English church. Because members of the English church often lauded it as the mean between the excessive and deficient ceremonialism that they ascribed, respectively, to Catholicism and radical Protestantism,20 readers might have expected Donne to attack the first two characters’ extremism and then praise the third’s embrace of the English middle way.

11–13) to which he can return. By contrast, he finds no analogous escape from the court or country: “But Oh, what refuge canst thou winne / Parch’d in the Court, and in the country frozen? / Shall cities, built of both extremes, be chosen? / . . / Cities are worst of all three” (ll. 14–16, 19). 64 Donne implies an analogy to this cosmic process when he claims that the city is “built of” the extremes of court heat and country chill. Yet while suggesting that both the natural and social worlds consist of extremes and the intermediates created from their mixing, Donne sharply distinguishes between the city, whose mixture is worse than the extremes themselves, and the temperate zones of nature, which temper hot and cold to produce a hospitable habitat.

The image of flowers and the stream is complex. The flowers that “perish” by giving themselves to the “streames tyrannous rage” represent souls who submit to a secular power that exceeds its legitimate authority by claiming spiritual dominion. 56 Yet Donne’s strikingly unnatural image of flowers, which normally have no power of self-motion, willfully leaving “their roots” suggests that persons who willingly submit to tyranny perversely abandon and exceed their own natural human capacities and dispositions.

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