A Pair of Blue Eyes
by Thomas Hardy
Publisher: William Tinsley 1873
Number of pages: 552
Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men. Written at a crucial time in Hardy's life, A Pair of Blue Eyes expresses more directly than any of his novels the events and social forces that made him the writer he was.
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