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Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree
Thomas Hardy

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics.From the author of ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ is a tale of love, tragedy, and the changing charm of traditional village life when it is met with the cold reality of modernity.Centring on the quaint rural village of Mellstock, set deep within Hardy’s imagined and picturesque county of Wessex, the novel revolves around a double plot of the hopeful love story of Dick Dewey and Fancy Day and the tragic demise of the Mellstock Choir, and what the crumbling of long-held traditions means to the local community. The arrival of Mr Maybold, a new vicar with newfangled ideas, unsettles the local community with ideas of revolutionary change, in which the church and its generations-old choir are an anchor.Considered one of Hardy’s most upbeat and optimistic novels, Under the Greenwood Tree explores issues of past and future, hope and love, and is a delightful addition to the Collins’ canon of Thomas Hardy classic novels.


Thomas Hardy


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History of Collins (#uc5bfc828-c650-5ca7-9ea0-84fa72404164)

Life & Times (#u36ebd958-a2e3-5a3c-b6f9-5bc069a6ab3d)

Part The First Winter (#u072e1330-7b43-5502-b305-f8bb6ca21f6a)

Chapter 1 Mellstock Lane (#u578cf49b-f89d-5184-a68d-a8be7abce687)

Chapter 2 The Tranter’s (#u10d6edb4-9929-5a78-b682-6c4dd465baf1)

Chapter 3 The Assembled Quire (#uf38e80f6-14d3-5186-a84f-cca9054c17fd)

Chapter 4 Going the Rounds (#u76c027d1-9543-5d46-91fc-85f320701e63)

Chapter 5 The Listeners (#ub6ee598d-6bbb-583c-a561-c0c4ddac4fde)

Chapter 6 Christmas Morning (#u3725eec0-24a9-5c23-9b92-ee69d654dbf7)

Chapter 7 The Tranter’s Party (#ud94560b3-3629-5cc3-87dd-0f91af62ca5d)

Chapter 8 They Dance More Wildly (#uffb64823-f321-5f4e-a490-fe496d8a6227)

Chapter 9 Dick Calls at the School (#litres_trial_promo)

Part The Second Spring (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 1 Passing by the School (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 2 A Meeting of the Quire (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 3 A Turn in the Discussion (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 4 The Interview with the Vicar (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 5 Returning Homeward (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 6 Yalbury Wood and the Keeper’s House (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 7 Dick Makes Himself Useful (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 8 Dick Meets His Father (#litres_trial_promo)

Part The Third Summer (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 1 Driving Out of Budmouth (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 2 Further Along the Road (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 3 A Confession (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 4 An Arrangement (#litres_trial_promo)

Part The Fourth Autumn (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 1 Going Nutting (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 2 Honey-taking, and Afterwards (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 3 Fancy in the Rain (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 4 The Spell (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 5 After Gaining Her Point (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 6 Into Temptation (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 7 Second Thoughts (#litres_trial_promo)

Part The Fifth Conclusion (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 1 “The Knot there’s no Untying” (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 2 Under the Greenwood Tree (#litres_trial_promo)

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