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Old 06-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #4
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Harry is right: the books are actually much shorter than Dickens or some of Eliot, perhaps reflecting that those who read novels had more leisure time for reading in the more rural, railroad-less 18th century than they had in the faster-paced industrializing late 19th century. I don't find Hardy overly verbose; I appreciate his careful development of plot and character.
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