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In the first thirty years of Victoria's reign, reform established the basis of democratic government, the agrarian and industrial revolutions meant the poor became poorer, the middle class flourished and the aristocracy began to fade. The latter part of the century saw the adverse effects of this growth and success - self satisfaction, belief in the superiority of the British leading to a jingoistic foreign policy and much resting on laurels. It was an incredible period of transistion, investigated, revealed and ultimately attacked by writers, the like of which we shall never see again.
The novel is set in the small town of Barbie in Scotland during the latter part of the 19th Century. It describes the fight for survival of tyrannical Jock Gourlay, an unimaginative, dour carrier of goods, whose pride and joy is his House, the symbol of his dominance over the petty backbiters of the…
This novel was described as one of Hardys’ best and indeed one of the better novels of the latter part of the 19th century. With its publication the author entered into a period of controversy which was to last for the rest of his life.
Grace Melbury, the timber merchants daughter, comes back to …