By William Shakespeare
A tender girl tells of her seduction and abandoment through a tender guy who proves to be unworthy of her attraction and wonder.
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1862 Hardy leaves Dorset to work for a prominent architect, Arthur Blomfield, in London. He finds time to nurture his creative writing but fails in attempts to publish his poetry. He visits museums and plays, takes French lessons, and attends a reading by Charles Dickens. 1863 Hardy becomes engaged to Eliza Nicholls. He is awarded an essay prize by the Royal Institute of Architects. 1865 Hardy舗s first published essay, 舠How I Built Myself a House,舡 appears in the Dorchester paper Chambers舗s Journal.
Strongly influenced by the Bible and the liturgy of the Anglican Church in his youth, Hardy later contemplated a career in the ministry; but his assimilation of the new theories of Darwinian evolutionism eventually made him an agnostic and a severe critic of the limitations of traditional religion. Although Hardy was a gifted student at the local schools he attended as a boy for eight years, his lower-class social origins limited his further educational opportunities. At sixteen he was apprenticed to the architect James Hicks in Dorchester and began an architectural career primarily focused on the restoration of churches.
The novel is, quite obviously, about mobility. However, the kind of mobility that Jude experiences is not the kind of heroic upward mobility one sees, for instance, in Jane Austen舗s Mansfield Park, where the main character, Fanny Price, achieves a higher social class by virtue of her exceptional virtue, and where her ascension is signaled by a geographic transplantation, from the socially murky world of Portsmouth to the rural gentility of Mansfield. Jude the Obscure depicts instead a restless, modern mobility, a mobility where one moves back and forth to no apparent purpose.