Two on a Tower
By Thomas Hardy
"Being the story of the unforeseen relations into which a lady and a youth many years her junior were drawn by studying the stars together; of her desperate situation through generosity to him; and of the reckless coup d'audace by which she effected her deliverance." Such was the advertisement of Two on a Tower Hardy prepared for his publishers. It is a story which keeps the reader in continual suspense. The novel illustrates most of the main features of Hardy's fiction-humor, romance, ingenuity of plot, fantasy, and tragedy, for example; and could therefore serve as an excellent introduction to his work.
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