Monday, April 08, 2013


A Blighted One

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman, chapter IV:
"Did you say the stars were worlds, Tess?"


"All like ours?"

"I don't know; but I think so. They sometimes seem to be like the apples on our stubbard-tree. Most of them splendid and sound—a few blighted."

"Which do we live on—a splendid one or a blighted one?"

"A blighted one."

"'Tis very unlucky that we didn't pitch on a sound one, when there were so many more of 'em!"


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