Relationships Between Men and Women in Thoms Hardy's Short Stories

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Relationships Between Men and Women in Thoms Hardy's Short Stories

Thomas Hardy was born on June the 2nd, 1848, at Higher Brockhampton in Dorset, a little hamlet, a few miles from Dorchester. He soon moved to London to study architecture, writing poems and short stories in his spare time, eventually moving on to do full-time writing, abandoning architecture.

Most of his stories are set in the imagined county of Wessex, which encompasses the counties, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall. His novels and short stories all involved several issues; Victorian relationships and the dynamics of actual relationships between people and Wessex itself. In fact the details of relationships in his books help
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In response Tony just seems to take the compliment (it goes to his head) and charmingly says: '…I never knowed you was so pretty before!' The exclamation mark at the end emphasises the blunt and charming effect of what has just been said, it also leaves us as readers in a strange place as we cannot tell whether he is joking or being serious. However when she responds 'prettier than she [referring to Milly]' he has no response. So now the reader knows even more about the character of Tony; he wasn't being serious before. It also shows us how shallow and desperate Unity is, as well as showing us Tony Kytes' need for a beautiful woman, forgetting the ideas of love. The final part of this relationship, apparent in all his relationships is his manipulation and power over her; this is brilliantly shown in the part of the story where he sees his fiancé in the road ahead:

'Unity…will ye lie down in the back part of the wagon and let me cover you over with the tarpaulin…Do! -And I'll think over what we've said; and perhaps I shall put a loving question to you after all, instead of to Milly'.

This speech brings us to a number of conclusions about this relationship. We realise that Tony has a lot of power

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