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Beauty and the Beast
First Steps: a child's Coppelia
Moving Stateside
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Far from the Madding Crowd story guide


Following her uncle's death, Bathsheba inherits a farm at Weatherbury and, against the conventions of the time, decides to run it herself. Her appearance at the local Corn Exchange causes a minor sensation among the gentlemen farmers. Only William Boldwood, her wealthy and dignified neighbour, seems indifferent to Bathsheba's charms.

At the Hiring Fair in Casterbridge, Bathsheba again meets Gabriel Oak, who has lost his farm and is now offering himself as a shepherd. She takes pity on him and engages him to work on her farm. A regiment of cavalry who have been recruiting in the Casterbridge area are celebrating in the town. Fanny Robin, one of Bathsheba's servants, reproaches her fiancé Sergeant Troy and reminds him of his promise that they will soon be married.

On the first day of June the table has been arranged for the shearing supper. Gabriel, who has distinguished himself at the sheep shearing, is asked to sit beside the Mistress, Bathsheba. William Boldwood arrives and is persuaded to join the supper. He professes his love for Bathsheba. Later that evening while Bathsheba is out walking she encounters Sergeant Troy.

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