Evening photos: Thomas Hardy country, England

Dorset on England’s south coast. In his novels, Thomas Hardy called the area ‘Wessex,’ a ‘partly real, partly dream’ country. By Andy Haslam, New York Times.

It was in Lulwind Cove, an inlet on England’s south coast, that the dastardly Sergeant Troy took an impromptu swim in “Far From the Madding Crowd,” Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel about an uncommonly independent Victorian woman and her suitors.

The water in the cove was “smooth as a pond,” Hardy wrote, until Troy “swam between the two projecting spurs of rock which formed the pillars of Hercules to this miniature Mediterranean,” whereupon he was swept out to sea and presumed drowned, only to make a dramatic reappearance — this being a Hardy novel — at a most inconvenient moment…

Wisteria-framed-window-estateWisteria-framed window at Mapperton Estate, where ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ was filmed. Andy Haslam, The New York Times

cottage-Thomas-Hardy-bornThe cottage in Higher Bockhampton where Thomas Hardy was born in 1840. Andy Haslam, The New York Times

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