One of Hardy's most unusual novels, A Laodicean features a heroine torn between the dilapidated aristocratic romance of the past and the energetic technocracy of the modern world. Paula Power's two suitors--a patrician Army officer, and an architect, representative of the "new nobility of talent and enterprise"--comically illustrate the great social changes that were taking place as Hardy wrote the novel. The World's Classics edition of A Laodicean is unique in its use of the original text of 1881.
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Abner Power afternoon answered appeared architect architecture asked aunt began Captain De Stancy Carlsruhe carriage chapel CHAPTER Charlotte chief constable church Dare Dare's door Dunster Castle Edited entered eyes face father feel glance going gone Goodman hand Hardy's Havill Havill's heard hour inquired interest knew lady Laodicean leave letter light looked Markton mean mind Miss De Stancy Miss Power morning murmured nature never Nice night novel once Paedobaptists passed Paula perhaps person photograph portrait present replied returned round Royal Horse Artillery seemed seen side silence Sir William sketch Sleeping-Green smile Somerset soon Stancy Castle Stancy's stay stood suppose tell things Thomas Hardy thought tion tone Toneborough 1912 town turned uncle waiting walked walls Wessex William De Stancy window wish woman Woodwell words young