Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Three Strangers (1883) by Thomas Hardy

I don't remember when I first came across this story but - despite its grim and sombre underlay - its graphic description and implied humour have left an indelible mark on my memory.

I will not summarise it lest the element of surprise which is at the core of this narrative is taken away. However, I found the scene at the shepherd's cottage so enticingly realistic as if I was transported in time to that dwelling to experience the events in person and to empathise with the lady of the house in her concern for the relentless depletion of her stock of mead.

The story - The Three Strangers - can be read here.