Hardy Review 12

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and allotment. The
thoughtful reader puts down
the book, sober sad and chilled
for he has read between the lines
and realizes it is a segment
of life, he has looked upon,
and the radius of his daily
walk contains doubtless its
duplicate. As critics we might
regret a lack of grace in the
flow of the story - note an
absence of smoothness in the
dramatic movement - blush
that Hardy should drown