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MonkeyNotes-Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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Farmer Boldwood

Farmer Boldwood is a very interesting character and bears himself as a perfect gentleman. He is respected and well liked by the men in the village. The women also notice him, for he is handsome and dignified, caring about his appearance. Boldwood is also essentially generous, helping the likes of Fanny Robin. Like Oak, he too keeps Troy's involvement with Fanny a secret from Bathsheba. By nature he is a simple and unassuming. Perhaps that is why, at age forty, he is still a bachelor. Basically shy, he shows no outward interest in women. When he pays Bathsheba no attention, she decides to toy with his emotions and sends him a valentine. As a result, he falls in love with her.


Boldwood's love for Bathsheba is expressed by an overwhelming desire to possess her. He is so obsessed with this single desire that he allows his farm to deteriorate. He buys presents for her to give sometime in the future, when they are married, as he is sure they will be. He repeatedly asks for her hand in marriage, and cannot accept that he cannot have her. When she marries Troy, he is driven to the point of insanity. But when Troy deserts her, his hope is restored, although is obsession and his madness continue. When Troy reappears on the scene at Boldwood's party and destroys his plans for a future with Bathsheba, he is pushed to the brink. When he says Troy treat his true love roughly, he snaps. He takes a gun and shoots Troy. The villagers, who pity this pathetic romantic, stop him from shooting himself. He leaves the party and honorably turns himself in to the authorities in Casterbridge. He is truly a tragic figure.

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