Title: The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion and Other Stories

Thomas Hardy essay

The three Thomas Hardy short stories I have chosen are Tony Kytes, History of the Hardcomes and The Melancholy Hussar Of The German Legion, and all three of these stories have one thing in common that they are set in the nineteenth century and there is many examples. Such as in History of The Hardcomes the cousins and their partners take a holiday excursion to Budmouth, this holiday is only for one day as there was very little leisure time back then. Also another example is in Tony Kytes the mention of him riding the horse and carriage signalling that there must have been no cars around in that era of time.
However they have there differences in the way of there social context for example:
In Tony Kytes the atmosphere and environment of the story seem almost relaxed (Tony Kytes almost doing what ever he wants) .
As of that compared to Melancholy Hussar in which there atmosphere is of power control and fear, Phyllis being controlled by her powerful father Dr Grove and the fear the two men Christof and Mahaus have of the German Legion.
History of The Hardcomes is again a more relaxed and pleasurable atmosphere with the two cousins Steve and James not thinking twice about swapping partners as suddenly as they did, which in the nineteenth century would have been a very unheard of thing because marriage and relationships were taken very seriously.
There is signs of industrialisation as in History of the Hardcomes they take the train to Budmouth signalling that there was a train system. In the times of these stories there was not if any opportunity to travel unless you was in the army like Christof and Mahaus who originally are from Germany where based in England with the German Legion, also Phyllis’s original love Tom had been away with the British army for a long time.

Tony Kytes is a story about a young handsome, charming but fickle man, an arch deceiver.
He’s well known among the women of his town and they are attracted to him, but...

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This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author.

This compilation of Thomas Hardy's short stories is one of the most complete on the book market. Every single story was tracked down and integrated into this book. Hours of enjoyable reading lies ahead of you because Hardy was a real genius among the English fiction writers.

From the contents:

A Changed Man
The Waiting Supper
Alicia's Diary
The Grave By The Handpost
Enter A Dragoon
A Tryst At An Ancient Earth Work
What The Shepherd Saw: A Tale Of Four Moonlight Nights
A Committee-Man Of 'The Terror'
Master John Horseleigh, Knight
The Duke's Reappearance—A Family Tradition
A Mere Interlude
The First Countess Of Wessex
Barbara Of The House Of Grebe
The Marchioness Of Stonehenge
Lady Mottisfont
The Lady Icenway
Squire Petrick's Lady
Anna, Lady Baxby
The Lady Penelope
The Duchess Of Hamptonshire
The Honourable Laura
The Son's Veto
For Conscience' Sake
A Tragedy Of Two Ambitions
On The Western Circuit
To Please His Wife
The Melancholy Hussar Of The German Legion
The Fiddler Of The Reels
A Tradition Of Eighteen Hundred And Four
A Few Crusted Characters
Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver
The History Of The Hardcomes
The Superstitious Man's Story
Andrey Satchel And The Parson And Clerk
Old Andrey's Experience As A Musician
Absent-Mindedness In A Parish Choir
The Winters And The Palmleys
Incident In The Life Of Mr. George Crookhill
Netty Sargent's Copyhold
An Imaginative Woman
The Three Strangers
... and many more ...

The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion ..

Bincombe, peaceful and agricultural, is something of a forgotten village, hiding away from the traffic roaring up and down the A354 less than a mile away. Parts of its church, and the font, date from the 12th century. Thomas Hardy’s tragic love story, ‘The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion’, is based on the true story of a Bincombe doctor’s daughter. Her lover was executed by firing squad and his gravestone can still be seen in the churchyard.

その一方、完成度と純度が高く、洗練された美しい小説は『憂鬱なドイツ騎兵』(『The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion』)です。、新潮文庫、いずれの短編集でも前半に配置されています。
<収録作品>'To Please His Wife'; 'The Son's Veto'; 'The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion'. Life's Little Ironies (1894) より選んだ定評作.

The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion Chapter III

The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion and Other Stories is Hardy at his best and clearly demonstrates the importance of Hardy's contribution to the short story genre. The title story was inspired by an account of some soldiers who had been shot for desertion.

The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion is a social romantic tragedy

Essays on The Melancholy Hussar Of The German Legion Fate

1. Introduction
2. The Withered Arm
3. The Son’s Veto
4. Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver
5. Absent-mindedness in a Parish Choir
6. The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion
7. The Distracted Preacher

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The Melancholy Hussar Of The German Legion at FullReads

In the meantime, I was interested to get hold of a DVD of The Scarlet Tunic, a feature film loosely based on another of of Hardy’s great short stories, The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion – here’s ajust in case anyone wants to read the story. Emma Fielding, who was so good in Cranford over Christmas, is good here too as the heroine, Frances Groves (she’s Phyllis Groves in the story, giving her more of a traditional shepherdess-type name). Jean-Marc Barr gives a passionate performance as the German officer who falls in love with her, Matthaus Singer (his surname is Tina in the original story). To be honest, I don’t think it is a completely successful film, because at times it tips too far over into farce or melodrama – but I still found it well worth seeing.