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The Hand of Ethelberta : A Comedy in Chapters

By Hardy, Thomas

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Title: The Hand of Ethelberta : A Comedy in Chapters  
Author: Hardy, Thomas
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Preface: This somewhat frivolous narrative was produced as an interlude between stories of a more sober design, and it was given the subtitle of a comedy to indicate?though not quite accurately?the aim of the performance. A high degree of probability was not attempted in the arrangement of the incidents, and there was expected of the reader a certain lightness of mood, which should inform him with a good?natured willingness to accept the production in the spirit in which it was offered. The characters themselves, however, were meant to be consistent and human. On its first appearance the novel suffered, perhaps deservedly, for what was involved in these intentions?for its quality of unexpectedness in particular?that unforgivable sin in the critic?s sight?the immediate precursor of ?Ethelberta? having been a purely rural tale. Moreover, in its choice of medium, and line of perspective, it undertook a delicate task: to excite interest in a drama?if such a dignified word may be used in the connection?wherein servants were as important as, or more important than, their masters; wherein the drawing?room was sketched in many cases from the point of view of the servants? hall. Such a reversal of the social foreground has, perhaps, since grown more welcome, and readers even of the finer crusted kind may now be disposed to pardon a writer for presenting the sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Chickerel as beings who come within the scope of a congenial regard.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: The Hand of Ethelberta, 1 -- Thomas Hardy, 1 -- Preface, 2 -- 1. A STREET IN ANGLEBURY ? A HEATH NEAR IT ? INSIDE THE 'RED LION' INN, 2 -- 2. CHRISTOPHER'S HOUSE ? SANDBOURNE TOWN ? SANDBOURNE MOOR, 10 -- 3. SANDBOURNE MOOR (continued), 16 -- 4. SANDBOURNE PIER ? ROAD TO WYNDWAY ? BALL?ROOM IN WYNDWAY -- HOUSE, 18 -- 5. AT THE WINDOW ? THE ROAD HOME, 22 -- 6. THE SHORE BY WYNDWAY, 25 -- 7. THE DINING?ROOM OF A TOWN HOUSE ? THE BUTLER'S PANTRY, 29 -- 8. CHRISTOPHER'S LODGINGS ? THE GROUNDS ABOUT ROOKINGTON, 35 -- 9. A LADY'S DRAWING?ROOMS ? ETHELBERTA'S DRESSING?ROOM, 39 -- 10. LADY PETHERWIN'S HOUSE, 44 -- 11. SANDBOURNE AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD ? SOME LONDON STREETS, 47 -- 12. ARROWTHORNE PARK AND LODGE, 49 -- 13. THE LODGE (continued) ? THE COPSE BEHIND, 51 -- 14. A TURNPIKE ROAD, 58 -- 15. AN INNER ROOM AT THE LODGE, 60 -- 16. A LARGE PUBLIC HALL, 62 -- 17. ETHELBERTA'S HOUSE, 65 -- 18. NEAR SANDBOURNE ? LONDON STREETS ? ETHELBERTA'S, 71 -- 19. ETHELBERTA'S DRAWING?ROOM, 75 -- 20. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF THE HALL ? THE ROAD HOME, 77 -- 21. A STREET ? NEIGH'S ROOMS ? CHRISTOPHER'S ROOMS, 79 -- 22. ETHELBERTA'S HOUSE, 83 -- 23. ETHELBERTA'S HOUSE (continued), 90 -- 24. ETHELBERTA'S HOUSE (continued) ? THE BRITISH MUSEUM, 94 -- 25. THE ROYAL ACADEMY ? THE FARNFIELD ESTATE, 99 -- 26. ETHELBERTA'S DRAWING?ROOM, 105 -- 27. MRS. BELMAINE'S ? CRIPPLEGATE CHURCH, 109 -- 28. ETHELBERTA'S ? MR. CHICKEREL'S ROOM, 115 -- 29. ETHELBERTA'S DRESSING?ROOM ? MR. DONCASTLE'S HOUSE, 121 -- 30. ON THE HOUSETOP, 127 -- 31. KNOLLSEA ? A LOFTY DOWN ? A RUINED CASTLE, 130 -- 32. A ROOM IN ENCKWORTH COURT, 140 -- 33. THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ? NORMANDY, 143 -- 34. THE HOTEL BEAU SEJOUR AND SPOTS NEAR IT, 148 -- 35. THE HOTEL (continued), AND THE QUAY IN FRONT, 153 -- 36. THE HOUSE IN TOWN, 160 -- 37. KNOLLSEA ? AN ORNAMENTAL VILLA, 164 -- 38. ENCKWORTH COURT, 167 -- 39. KNOLLSEA ? MELCHESTER, 171 -- 40. MELCHESTER (continued), 182 -- 41. WORKSHOPS ? AN INN ? THE STREET, 186 -- 42. THE DONCASTLES' RESIDENCE, AND OUTSIDE THE SAME, 190 -- 43. THE RAILWAY ? THE SEA ? THE SHORE BEYOND, 195 -- 44. SANDBOURNE ? A LONELY HEATH ? THE 'RED LION' ? THE HIGHWAY, 202 -- The Hand of Ethelberta -- i

 

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