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Under The Greenwood Tree, By Thomas Hardy A Novel

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Thomas Hardy, (2 June 1840 - 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.Charles Dickens was another important influence.Like Dickens, he was highly critical of much in Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society. Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School is a novel by Thomas Hardy, published anonymously in 1872. It was Hardy's second published novel, the last to be printed without his name, and the first of his great series of Wessex novels. Whilst Hardy originally thought of simply calling it The Mellstock Quire, he settled on a title taken from a song in Shakespeare's As You Like It .The plot concerns the activities of a group of church musicians, the Mellstock parish choir, one of whom, Dick Dewy, becomes romantically entangled with a comely new school mistress, Fancy Day. The novel opens with the fiddlers and singers of the choir-including Dick, his father Reuben Dewy, and grandfather William Dewy-making the rounds in Mellstock village on Christmas Eve. When the little band plays at the schoolhouse, young Dick falls for Fancy at first sight. Dick, smitten, seeks to insinuate himself into her life and affections, but Fancy's beauty has gained her other suitors, including a rich farmer and the new vicar at the parish church. The vicar, Mr. Maybold, informs the choir that he intends Fancy, an accomplished organ player, to replace their traditional musical accompaniment to Sunday services. The tranter and the rest of the band visit the vicar's home to negotiate, but reluctantly give way to the more modern organ. Meanwhile, Dick seems to win Fancy's heart, and she discovers an effective strategem to overcome her father's objection to the potential marriage. After the two are engaged secretly, however, vicar Maybold impetuously asks Fancy to marry him and lead a life of relative affluence; racked by guilt and temptation, she accepts. The next day, however, at a chance meeting with the as-yet-unaware Dick, surprised Maybold learns from him of his engagement to Fancy. The vicar follows by prompting her by letter, while expressing being taken aback by such news, to be honest to Dewy and withdraw her commitment to him if she indeed intended to become married to Maybold. Fancy responds by withdrawing her consent to marry Maybold and asking him to keep her initial acceptance of his proposal forever a secret. Maybold replies by urging her again to be honest with Dick and admit she accepted the vicar despite having already committed herself to the young tranter, assuring her she would be forgiven. However, as she marries Dewy who is so in love he readily dismisses what he previously (rightly) considered exhibits of her fickleness and rejoices at what he perceives at the prospect of a happy union based on honesty, given Fancy's effusive and seemingly frank admission to some (minor) infidelities, while he assumes they would never keep any secrets from each other, she resolves never to disclose the truly incontrovertible and damning evidence against her character in her having so readily accepted Maybold despite her engagement to Dewy. The novel ends with a humorous portrait of Reuben, William, Mr. Day, and the rest of the Mellstock rustics as they celebrate the couple's wedding day. The mood is joyful, but at the end of the final chapter, the reader is reminded that Fancy has married with "a secret she would never tell" (her final flirtation and brief engagement to the vicar). While Under the Greenwood Tree is often seen as Hardy's gentlest and most pastoral novel, this final touch introduces a faint note of melancholy to the conclusion......


Our Christmas Tree

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A beautiful Christmas-themed, touch-and-feel board book!

Little ones will love this Christmas-themed, touch-and-feel book that they can touch and pet, in which a Christmas tree is brought from the cold woods into the home to decorate and wait for Santa. Kids can touch and feel fluffy snow, a squishy ornament, a shiny star, a rough Christmas tree, and a soft present. Filled with repetitive text and bright, friendly art, this book is perfect for the youngest of readers.


Our Christmas Tree

RRP $13.99

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A beautiful Christmas-themed, touch-and-feel board book!

Little ones will love this Christmas-themed, touch-and-feel book that they can touch and pet, in which a Christmas tree is brought from the cold woods into the home to decorate and wait for Santa. Kids can touch and feel fluffy snow, a squishy ornament, a shiny star, a rough Christmas tree, and a soft present. Filled with repetitive text and bright, friendly art, this book is perfect for the youngest of readers.


A Christmas Wish

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Christmas was for disappointments and empty wishes. That was how Samantha Farnsworth felt about Christmas in the Clark's Orphanage. For years, she had been hoping for that one special Christmas gift...and it never came. She was done pretending it would ever happen. Darrell had left her head full of words from the scriptures, along with his own empty promise that he would return. It had been two years and where was Darrell now? Samantha was sure this Christmas wasn't going to be any different...until she went for a walk Christmas morning and found the true gift of Christmas. The answers she had needed were within her heart all along.


Oxford Reading Tree

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Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories: Decode and Develop More A are exciting new titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series. The stories continue to provide storylines full of humour and drama, with familiar settings and all your favourite characters with some new friends for Biff, Chip and Kipper. They also support children's transition from fully decodable readers, such as Floppy's Phonics, to a richer, wider reading experience with high-interest vocabulary. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. Each Mixed Pack includes one of each of the Level 2 titles. The Class Pack includes six of each of the Level 2 titles.



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