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Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver is a novella which carries the traditional Hardiesque backdrop of malevolence and determination but here his normally pessimistic approach to life is treated much more lightly For example when the women were put in danger by the uncontrolled cart the situation was controlled with a farcical denouement Had this been a different Hardy novel the outcome would probably have been more serious ie Tess of the DurbyvillesOn a superficial level the novella could be seen as only a group of life choices woven into a comedy situation I believe however a life choice to be something which has been given deep thought or consideration It is a path which must be chosen through informed choice and depth of maturity None of the above seem to apply to Tonys situation and he does not seem to be working in accordance with any life plan or value system I do not therefore feel that the choices Tony is making so flippantly can be defined in the traditional sense of a life choice I feel that one is only truly able to make a life choice once they have the ability to see the enormity of the future Tony is obviously not acting from any depth maturity and he seems to be blowing with the prevailing wind and bobbing and floating down the river of life with every wave and eddy taking him in a different direction It seems he is acted upon rather than acting During one short journey he commits to 3 people just because they happen to cross his path Tony faces several potentially life changing choices as he drives his wagon home from market The first is in the form of a temptation another one of the shoals of women who seemingly throw themselves against him Straight away Tony shows he fickleness as he encourages Unity to flirt with him and even
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