Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree: Or, The Mellstock Quire is the story of Dick and Fancy, whose marriage is built upon deception. Culture and Progress wrote that ""The author certainly manages to convey the impression that he is a believer in the natural fickleness of the maiden heart, but his belief does not lead him into denunciation; on the contrary, he makes this fickleness not merely not repulsive, but agreeable."
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Thomas Hardy was a poet and novelist of the naturalist movement. He trained as an architect. He was a religious man who was also deeply influenced by Darwin and fascinated by ghosts and spirits.During his lifetime, he was best known for his novels. His stories combine nuanced description of natural surroundings with the sense of impending moral crisis. He claimed that poetry was his first love, though, and in recent years his poetry has received much critical acclaim.
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