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NOTES ON Thomas Hardys THE WOODLANDERS These are expansions on my own notes and queries on reading the novel Some merely explain the meaning of words that are unusual to us - for more of this consult the relevant York Notes Some pick up references and allusions which are not dealt with in the eds notes to the Penguin edn Some take issue with the eds notes The amount of space I spend on a point is not related to the intrinsic importance in the text of what it refers to I am aware that some of my comments may in themselves need explanation That is part of the point of an artwork - it leads the reader on to others which in themselves I refer to the text as follows 10 118-3 O Yes means the text in chapter X beginning with O Yes or in which they are pivotal - at the third quarter of p118 of Penguin edn 1986 1 42-1 finical affectedly fastidious or precise OED 1 44-1 left off At one time barbers were also surgeons The traditional red and white striped pole symbolised blood-soaked bandages 1 44-3 dramas Sophoclean Sophocles was an Athenian dramatist c 400 BCE His tragedies dealt with human passions and disasters in human rather than divine or heroic terms Unity refers to Aristotles aesthetics in the Poetics 2 48-1 the physiological Hardy TH alludes to the evolutionary mechanism of Lamarck and contrariwise allies himself with the Theory of Natural Selection 3 59-4 no detachedSee the Fore Scene of Part First of THs epic poem The Dynasts 1904 This presents - from the perspective of superhuman intelligences - a vision of human actions as not actually atomistic but as really aspects of the operation of a global mind - the anatomy of the Immanent Will The story of The
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