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Je trouve que le monsieur ressemble à  celui du tableau.
Chris: Yes that is so Martine
I agree with Martine! That guy looks like you, Chris!
Chris: Both our families came from the same small village in Dorset so I expect somewhere down the line we are distantly related Elizabeth
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jun 2016, 07:04
Oh, my first thought (before reading your title) was: a meeting with your ancestor Thomas Hardy! The resemblance is striking! I would like to do a trip through Wessex and to read 'Tess' again.
Chris: That can be arranged Philine
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jun 2016, 07:05
The next SC- meeting in 2017 should be in Wessex!
Chris: Only in my dreams, we have to have a location suitable for people living in the north
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 Jun 2016, 07:13
I remember when a friend of mine met you for the first time, and his immediate reaction that you looked like Hardy
Chris: I remember the occasion well Lisl
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 Jun 2016, 07:13
By the way, that is a very nice picture of you
Chris: A selfie Lisl
An interesting old map of Wessex Tiff, and I can see the family resemblance.
Chris: It's tenuous but I like to imagine it isn't Chad
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jun 2016, 08:21

I am the family face;
Flesh perishes, I live on,
Projecting trait and trace
Through time to times anon,
And leaping from place to place
Over oblivion.

The years-heired feature that can
In curve and voice and eye
Despise the human span
Of durance -- that is I;
The eternal thing in man,
That heeds no call to die

Thomas Hardy
Chris: Aha - brilliant!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jun 2016, 08:37
A very interesting map and also a the display with the waxwork dummy. I wonder why Hardy called Scumsville "Southampton"?
Chris: Maybe he was over tired when he labelled Scmsville Sur Mer with such a ridiculous name
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jun 2016, 08:50
A pity you didn't post this Tuesday! I got tempted into using Google to find the real locations corresponding to the Wessex names in Tess. Absolute disaster as the page I looked at also told me the ending of the book! So I read on for the journey.

Still to matters at hand, a fine portrait and I was aware of the family connection but not the resemblance. Wish I could say the same of myself and Sir Isaac - mind you he always sported a ridiculous wig so it is hard to tell.
Chris: I cannot see you in such a wig Mike..
I was unaware of your distant relationship with TH. It is one of my greatest interests, seeing family traits through generations. Philine's choice of poem is perfection.
Chris: Isn't she clever..
There is certainly a likeness Chris, perhaps you should set about tracing your family tree.
Chris: Lisl and I have done that Brian..
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2016, 16:00
Tom looks a little like Our Chris.

I am guessing our Chris takes better pics though...even when well removed from the madding hordes...
Chris: I should like to think you are right about that Ray
You do look quite a lot like him. He was a better photographer though
Chris: Some mistake SURELY!
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jun 2016, 19:11
I have seen another photo of the great man and you are so much like him that you have to be related.

A very clever photo.
Chris: Thomas Hardy's mother, Jemima Hand, came from Melbury Osmond, as did my mother's paternal line, the Childs family. In a book ostensibly written by Hardy's second wife, about his life - but in fact written by both of them - he actually states he is related to the Childs'. Lisl & I have yet to find that connection but it's got to be there somewhere..
How did you manage to get yourself in the picture?
Chris: By placing my camera on a distant surface and selecting a ten second delay Tom
  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jun 2016, 23:24
Are you related to the Child who researched the ballands? Fascinating Hardy connection Chris. Tess was one of my A level books and I've always loved it, especially his descriptions of the dairy and the creamy milk etc and the girls dancing. Very evocative.

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