“Scene of the Verge of the Hay-Mead”

That is a chapter from Far From the Madding Crowd, which remains a much underrated Thomas Hardy novel.  This chapter is a masterpiece of behavioral economics, most of all on matters of courtship and romance.  It is difficult to excerpt, because it relies so much on the sequence of events and dialog.  You can read it free here.  There are other sources, including MP3s, here.


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