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Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

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by Thomas Hardy



                      Part First


                     AT MARYGREEN



"Yea, many there be that have run out of their wits for women,
and become servants for their sakes.  Many also have perished,
have erred, and sinned, for women.... O ye men, how can it be
but women should be strong, seeing they do thus?"  --ESDRAS.


I


THE schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry. 
The miller at Cresscombe lent him the small white tilted cart
and horse to carry his goods to the city of his destination,
about twenty miles off, such a vehicle proving of quite sufficient
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