Hardy Review 8

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in the light of the whole
book, it becomes a solemn
tragedy of portentous impact,
and the actors, specks on
the swirling tide they do
not essay to resist. The key
note of the book is struck, and
the gambit of sorrows and in-
completions is apprehended.
The setting of the story is again
transferred to prosy Ashurst,
with three pairs of persons,
and a little more, whose
experience of life is so simply