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Life's Little Ironies; A Set Of Tales With Some Colloquial Sketches Entitled A Few Crusted Characters

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Eighteen short stories by a master story teller.

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LIFE'S LITTLE IRONIES A SET OF TALES WITH SOME COLLOQUIAL SKETCHES ENTITLED A FEW CRUSTED CHARACTERS

BY THOMAS HARDY

WITH A MAP OF WESSEX

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1920

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First Collected Edition 1894. New Edition and reprints 1896 1900 First published by Macmillan & Co. , Crown 8 ov , 1903. Reprinted 1910, 1915 Pockets Edition 1907, 1910, 1913, 1916, 1919 ( twice ), 1920 Wessex Edition 1912

CONTENTS

The Son's Veto For Conscience' Sake A Tragedy of Two Ambitions On the Western Circuit To Please his Wife The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four A Few Crusted Characters

THE SON'S VETO

CHAPTER I

To the eyes of a man viewing it from behind, the nut brown hair was a wonder and a mystery. Under the black beaver hat, surmounted by its tuft of black feathers, the long locks, braided and twisted and coiled like the rushes of a basket, composed a rare, if somewhat barbaric, example of ingenious art. One could understand such weavings and coilings being wrought to last intact for a year, or even a calendar month; but that they should be all demolished regularly at bedtime, after a single day of permanence, seemed a reckless waste of successful fabrication... Continue reading book >>


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