By Thomas Hardy
A merciless shaggy dog story at a rustic reasonable is going too a ways while a drunken laborer auctions off his spouse and baby to the top bidder.
Rich in descriptive powers and steeped in irony, Hardy's gripping story unfolds amid a rural English group. It bargains a spellbinding portrayal of ambition, competition, revenge, and repentance.
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