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WESSEX WEDNESDAY

 

 

 

 

The English author Thomas Hardy set all of his major novels in the south and southwest of England. He named the area "Wessex" after the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom that existed in this part of that country prior to the unification of England by Æthelstan. Although the places that appear in his novels actually exist, in many cases he gave the place a fictional name.For example, Hardy's home town of Dorchester is called Casterbridge in his books, notably in The Mayor of Casterbridge. In an 1895 preface to the novel Far From the Madding Crowd he described Wessex as "a merely realistic dream country."

WESSEX WEDNESDAY

 

 

 

 

The English author Thomas Hardy set all of his major novels in the south and southwest of England. He named the area "Wessex" after the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom that existed in this part of that country prior to the unification of England by Æthelstan. Although the places that appear in his novels actually exist, in many cases he gave the place a fictional name.For example, Hardy's home town of Dorchester is called Casterbridge in his books, notably in The Mayor of Casterbridge. In an 1895 preface to the novel Far From the Madding Crowd he described Wessex as "a merely realistic dream country."

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i remember reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles and it left a mark on me.
Chris: A very famous piece of English literary history Ayush
Well that's all good to know!
Chris: A nice sign for me to encounter Elizabeth
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Jul 2019, 05:11
"Reputed" is a wonderful word, Chris.

I am reputed to be the third best trombonest in Isann! smile
Chris: I am reputed to give very sensible replies on my blog..
Well, then, Chris, it must be true! To be honest, these signs all over England really make me smile. Such a great idea to leave "markers" like this for the rest of us who might not have a clue.
Chris: Yes indeed Ginnie, everywhere you go in England there's intriguing stuff..
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Jul 2019, 06:46
repute
/rɪˈpjuːt/
verb
past participle: reputed
be generally regarded as having done something or as having particular characteristics.
"he was reputed to have a fabulous house"
synoniemen: thought, said, reported, rumoured, believed, held, considered, regarded, deemed, judged, estimated; Meer
be generally believed to exist or be the case, despite not being so.
"this area gave the lie to the reputed flatness of the country"
synoniemen: supposed, putative;
be widely known and well thought of.
"intensive training with reputed coaches"
synoniemen: well thought of, well respected, respected, highly regarded, with a good reputation, of good repute;

He had a vivid imagination then, Chris.
Chris: Having a reputedly vivid imagination is what made him great Astrid..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Jul 2019, 06:48
I like the word 'reputed', too, We know the word 'Reputation' in German. A noble house, sadly, I don't know this novel by Thomas Hardy, but I know that you are reputed to be an ancestor of Thomas Hardy.
Chris: The Mayor of Casterbridge is one of Hardy's most celebrated novels Philine. My own connection to Hardy is tenuous..
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Jul 2019, 06:54
I have to say that I've never read any of Hardy's books. However, I do love the Hardy's countryside, though. It is unlikely that there will be blue plaque erected on my home once I'm gone.
Chris: Oh there will: "Here lived Alan Rolfe, lover of places with unpronounceable names, cyclist, demolisher of cakes.."
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Jul 2019, 07:24
This guy is a Wessex hero Tiff right.
Chris: A regular guy Chad
If I recall correctly Alan Bates played the part in a TV adaptation.
Chris: R U THAT old??
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Jul 2019, 08:20
Oh, sorry, Thomas Hardy is an ancestor of you - not you of him!
Chris: I would like to think so..
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk where the sun rises first in England
  • 31 Jul 2019, 08:29
Reputed ...ok someone is trying to feel that they bought an important house
Chris: Merely in terms of England's literary heritage they did

Go back to the Daily Star!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Jul 2019, 08:33
His Visitor

I COME across from Mellstock while the moon wastes weaker
To behold where I lived with you for twenty years and more:
I shall go in the gray, at the passing of the mail-train,
And need no setting open of the long familiär door
As before.

The change I notice in my once own quarters!
A formal-fashioned border where the daisies used to be,
The rooms new painted, and the pictures altered,
And other cups and saucers, and no cosy nook for tea
As with me.

I discern the dim faces of the sleep-wrapt servants;
They are not those who tended me through feeble hours and strong,
But strangers quite, who never knew my rule here,
Who never saw me painting, never heard my softling song
Float along.

So I don’t want to linger in this re-decked dwelling,
I feel too uneasy at the contrasts I behold,
And I make again for Mellstock to return here never,
And rejoin the roomy silence, and the mute and manifold
Souls of old.

Thomas Hardy, 1913
Chris: Pretty good stuff heh!
I love the use of the word 'reputed' it covers so many possibilities and probabilities.
Chris: You bet it does Brian
Was the Mayor strictly a fictional character, Chris, or was this lovely home the residence of the real Mayor of Dorchester?
Chris: All fiction Bev
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Jul 2019, 20:00
A storybook character is reputed to have lived in a real brick and mortar house. I will have to think about that.
Chris: Yes, I know Louis..
It's a glimpse of what looks to be a fine property smile
Chris: Oh it's a fine building alright Martin..

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