By Zane Grey
Logan Huett concept he knew the West. as soon as a scout with the military, he used to be acquainted with either the hardships and rewards of pioneer existence. yet now not even Logan may perhaps foresee the demanding situations that lay forward for him and his younger spouse Lucinda--raising a brood of headstrong kids, suffering to accomplish monetary defense within the wasteland, concealing a long-buried relatives mystery, and, eventually, surviving the tragedy dealt them by way of a devastating battle.
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H. Lawrence, The White Peacock William Morris produces ﬁrst cheap 1912 27 November: Emma dies, Morris Oxford car. George V attends still estranged. Her death triggers the writing of Hardy’s ﬁrst Royal Command Variety Performance. ﬁnest love lyrics, Poems of 1912–1913, about their early time together in Cornwall which he now revisits. 1912–13 Publication of a major collected edition of novels and verse by Hardy: the Wessex Edition (24 volumes). 1913 A Changed Man and Other A suﬀragette throws herself under the Tales.
P. 21) Shelley’s poem laments the inescapable dependence of transcendent things––beauty, love, music, splendour, and poems themselves––on their expression in fragile material forms: a cloud, a human body, a lute, a lamp. Lines from it foreshadow Elfride’s fate––she is the ‘weak one . . singled | To endure what it once possessed’––and Knight’s torments, when love’s ‘passions will rock thee’ and ‘Bright reason will mock thee’. The shift from comic to tragic mode is in keeping with the novel’s other patterns of repetition: characters and scenes introduced in the comic ﬁrst half return or are repeated in the second half as grim doubles of themselves.
Neither man can be entertained as a satisfactory partner for Elfride, and Hardy is determined that both shall end up unhappy and incomplete: hence the necessity for the denouement. But what happens at the level of the story is also happening at the level of the novel’s discourse. Neither the litératteur nor the professional triumphs because neither is complete: each has something the other needs. Played out in the plot of A Pair of Blue Eyes is a drama of the inadequacy of the purely literary and the purely professional standpoints for a writer taking the plunge at last as a popular novelist with a real literary message.
30,000 on the Hoof by Zane Grey