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The Trumpet-Major

The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
By: (1840-1928)

Our heroine, Anne Garland, lives quietly in a rural community deep in the English countryside. However, the arrival of several regiments preparing for an expected invasion brings colour and chaos to the county. A graceful and charming young woman, Anne is pursued by three suitors: John Loveday, the trumpet-major in a British regiment, honest and loyal; his brother Robert, a merchant seaman and womaniser, and Festus Derriman, the cowardly son of the local squire. Set at the time of the Napoleonic wars, this is the author’s only historical novel, and unusually for Hardy’s stories, most of the characters live happily ever after.

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THE TRUMPET MAJOR JOHN LOVEDAY

A SOLDIER IN THE WAR WITH BUONAPARTE AND ROBERT HIS BROTHER FIRST MATE IN THE MERCHANT SERVICE

A TALE

BY THOMAS HARDY

WITH A MAP OF WESSEX

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

COPYRIGHT

First Edition (3 vols. ) 1880. New Edition (1 vol. ) and reprints 1881 1893 New Edition and reprints 1896 1900 First published by Macmillan and Co. , Crown 8 vo , 1903. Reprinted 1906, 1910, 1914 Pocket Edition 1907. Reprinted 1909, 1912, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1920

PREFACE

The present tale is founded more largely on testimony oral and written than any other in this series. The external incidents which direct its course are mostly an unexaggerated reproduction of the recollections of old persons well known to the author in childhood, but now long dead, who were eye witnesses of those scenes. If wholly transcribed their recollections would have filled a volume thrice the length of 'The Trumpet Major.'

Down to the middle of this century, and later, there were not wanting, in the neighbourhood of the places more or less clearly indicated herein, casual relics of the circumstances amid which the action moves our preparations for defence against the threatened invasion of England by Buonaparte... Continue reading book >>


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