By Virginia Woolf
No matter what hour you woke there has been a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting right here, establishing there, making sure—a ghostly couple. Stooping, maintaining their silver lamp above us, lengthy they appear and deeply. lengthy they pause. The wind drives straightly; the flame stoops a bit. Wild beams of moonlight move either flooring and wall, and, assembly, stain the faces bent; the faces brooding about; the faces that seek the sleepers and search their hidden pleasure.
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So why was Jude the Obscure so upsetting to many of those who read it when first published? The representation of the marriage between Jude Fawley and his wife, Arabella, conformed neither to traditional representations of courtship in the English novel, nor to contemporary standards of morality. It was accused of being indecent and permeated with coarse sexuality; even by the end of Hardy舗s life, when the novel had received its due recognition and had been translated into numerous languages, Jude was remembered with admiration in Hardy舗s obituary as a great novel of human sexuality.
1892 Hardy舗s father dies. 1893 On a trip to Dublin, Hardy meets Florence Henniker, withwhom he has a relationship. Marital troubles between Hardy and Emma are ongoing. 1895 Jude the Obscure appears after it is serialized in Harper舗s New Monthly Magazine as The Simpletons and Enduring Hearts. Like Tess, Jude is highly controversial. It is Hardy舗s last novel, and he turns to poetry. 1904 Hardy舗s mother dies. 舡 1914 Hardy marries his longtime secretary, Florence Dugdale. The onset of World War I causes Hardy intense sadness and disillusionment.
303). Jude舗s appraisal that their ideas were fifty years premature reflects his awareness that the fin de siȲcle had not brought change quickly enough for his own happiness. In general, however, Jude is rarely so self-conscious, instead reflecting Hardy舗s sense that a momentous change is upon them as the century turns; Jude says: 舠I am in a chaos of principles舒groping in the dark舒acting by instinct and not after example. Eight or nine years ago when I came here first, I had a neat stock of fixed opinions, but they dropped away one by one; and the further I get the less sure I am舡 (p.
A Haunted House (Timeless Classics) by Virginia Woolf