Jeez, he wrote depressing tales
I remember doing The Mayor Of Casterbridge at school
Michael Henchard's Will
That Elizabeth-Jane Farfrae be not told of my death, or made to grieve on account of me.
& that I be not bury'd in consecrated ground.
& that no sexton be asked to toll the bell.
& that nobody is wished to see my dead body.
& that no murners walk behind me at my funeral.
& that no flours be planted on my grave,
& that no man remember me.
To this I put my name.
Then there was Jude The Obscure
Done because we are too many
...and no one who has seen Michael Winterbottom's powerful adaptation with Chris Ecclestone and Kate Winslet could forget it
Now I've just watched the new 4-hour BBC version of Tess Of The d'Urbervilles
Apapted by David Starter For 10 Nicholls
You just want to shake the characters as it all goes to hell
She suddenly thought one afternoon, when looking in the glass at her fairness, that there was yet another date, of greater importance to her than those; that of her own death, when all these charms would had disappeared; a day which lay sly and unseen among all the other days of the year, giving no sign or sound when she annually passed over it; but not the less surely there
Anyone else find his tales deeply disturbing?