By Rosemarie Morgan
The manuscript of Hardy's first nice novel faraway from the Madding Crowd vanished presently after its first ebook. Rediscovered in 1918 it sheds awesome new mild more often than not of Hardy's paintings. The manuscript pages, a few of that are reproduced right here in facsimile, display Hardy's unique composition within the novel, and the reluctantly `cancelled phrases' which have been the results of an extended fight with Sir Leslie Stephen, Hardy's editor. Cancelled phrases unearths the style during which Hardy labored, his resistance to censorship, his obsessive realization to element and precision, and the customarily hid methods underlying his authorship. finally, it serves to form our figuring out of the improvement of the trendy novel.
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A slight romance attaches to him, too. His mother, a French governess, was married to a poor medical man, and while money was forthcoming all went on well. Unfortunately for the boy, his best friends died; and he got then a situation as second clerk at a lawyer’s in Casterbridge. He stayed there for some time, and might have worked himself into a dignified position of some sort…’ Here, we have Hardy’s first reference to Troy’s mother, ‘a French governess’, but not, as yet, the full reference as Hardy possibly first offered it to Stephen in proof revision for the Cornhill, which seems to have looked a little more like this: ‘H’m—… A slight romance attaches to him, too.
Strange to say his father was a medical man who settled here several years ago because he preferred country to town— a taste which if indulged in means ruin to any professional man. He failed to scrape a connection together, and went away in debt leaving this son—a bright taking lad at that time—in a situation as copying clerk at a lawyer’s in Casterbridge. ’ However, Cornhill readers had the beginnings of a more colourful version: ‘H’m—…though he’s a clever fellow, and up to everything. A slight romance attaches to him, too.
There was a certain animal form of refinement in his nature, and however pleasant a strange condition might be whilst privations were easily warded off, it was disadvantageously coarse when money was short. There was ever present too the idea that he could claim a home and its comforts did he but choose to return to England and Weatherbury Farm. Whether Bathsheba thought him dead was a frequent subject of curious conjecture. Actually, this is the emended manuscript version. The Cornhill absorbs a little more of the cancelled section in ‘Adventures by the Shore’, and excludes the ‘new man with a new name’.
Cancelled Words: Rediscovering Thomas Hardy by Rosemarie Morgan