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January 18, 2013

Thomas Hardy: On Egdon Heath.

The most thorough-going ascetic could feel that he had a natural right to wander on Egdon [Heath]--he was keeping within the line of legitimate indulgence when he laid himself open to influences such as these. Colours and beauties so far subdued were, at least, the birthright of all.

--Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, 1878, from Book First, "Three Women".


Posted by JD Hull at January 18, 2013 12:34 AM


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