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This story in a way signifies the personal dilemma of Thomas Hardy, which seems pretty evident in the plot. Elfride Swancourt is a young girl who is entangled between two boys, one who is an architect and the other an elder literary man. The reference of an architect and a literary clearly refers to Thomas Hardy, who was an architect who later on became a writer.
What makes this book stand out?
This novel is a perfect combination of symbolism and suspense.
Read it for
The innocence of Elfride Swancourt can be felt through the amazingly written dialogues which add more character and depth to each character.
Don't read it for
The ending might seem a little disappointing.