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By Thomas Hardy

The daughter of a filthy rich railway tycoon, Paula strength inherits De Stancy fortress, an old citadel short of modernization. She commissions George Somerset, a tender architect, to adopt the paintings. Somerset falls in love with Paula yet she, the Laodicean of the identify, is torn among his admiration and that of Captain De Stancy, whose old-world romanticism contrasts with Somerset's forward-looking perspective.
Paula's vacillation, although, is not just romantic. Her ambiguity relating to faith, politics and social growth is a mirrored image of the author's personal. This new Penguin Classics version of Hardy's textual content includes an creation and notes that light up and make clear those topics, and attracts parallels among the textual content and the author's lifestyles and perspectives.

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2133]). Nora used to go out walking with William Mulvagh (pronounced and sometimes spelled 'Mulvey'), an accountant. ' The words 'she says' suggest uncertainty on Joyce's part, and in the same letter he also tells of an incident when she was sixteen; a young curate took her on his lap and 'put his hand up under her dress which was shortish. She however, I understand, broke away' (LII 72; my emphasis). Like Gabriel Conroy and Leopold Bloom, Joyce found himself intensely interested in his wife's former 'lovers' and in what she may or may not have experienced with them.

LII 109) As Joyce claimed, he wrote Dubliners 'in a style of scrupulous mean­ ness and with the conviction that he is a very bold man who dares to alter in the presentment, still more to deform, whatever he has seen and heard' (III 134). Determined honesty of such intensity did not, in those years, make it easy to get one's work published in Ireland. At first there seemed to be no real problem. He submitted the collection of stories to Grant Richards, a London publisher, in December 1905, and Richards accepted them in February 1906.

Dublin was a European capital and a cultural centre, yet it was also - especially in his youth - compact and insular enough to be knowable. He always felt that one could speak of a 'Dubliner' more accurately and meaningfully than one could say 'Londoner' or 'Parisian' (LII122). Joyce once planned to write a follow-up volume after Dubliners, to be called Provincials (LII 92) - about as unlikely a plan as he ever daydreamed about. In truth he hardly knew much about Ireland other than his home city; as he once confessed to Thomas McGreevy, 'This Ireland that you talk about is strange territory so far as I am concerned.

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