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Two on a Tower

Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
By: (1840-1928)

The plot concerns two – literally starcrossed – lovers: Swithin St. Cleeve, a very young amateur astronomer, and Viviette Constantine, an unhappily married and abandoned woman 8 or 9 years his senior. Each night Swithin climbs the old tower of the title, in the grounds of the Constantine estate. Lady Constantine, whose husband has been absent some years on an extended hunting and exploring journey to Africa, joins the young man in his stargazing, and supports his astronomical ambitions by buying him equipment, though his dreams of scientific renown are disappointed.Their relationship then deepens and takes several twists and turns.

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This etext was prepared from the 1923 Macmillan edition by Les Bowler.

TWO ON A TOWER

BY THOMAS HARDY.

'Ah, my heart! her eyes and she Have taught thee new astrology. Howe'er Love's native hours were set, Whatever starry synod met, 'Tis in the mercy of her eye, If poor Love shall live or die.'

CRASHAW: Love's Horoscope .

WITH A MAP OF WESSEX.

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1923

COPYRIGHT

First published by Macmillan and Co. , Crown 8 vo, 1902

Reprinted 1907, 1911, 1916, 1923

Pocket Edition 1906. Reprinted 1909, 1912, 1915, 1918 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923

Wessex Edition ( 8vo ) 1912

Reprinted 1920

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

PREFACE.

This slightly built romance was the outcome of a wish to set the emotional history of two infinitesimal lives against the stupendous background of the stellar universe, and to impart to readers the sentiment that of these contrasting magnitudes the smaller might be the greater to them as men.

But, on the publication of the book people seemed to be less struck with these high aims of the author than with their own opinion, first, that the novel was an 'improper' one in its morals, and, secondly, that it was intended to be a satire on the Established Church of this country... Continue reading book >>


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