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Thomas Hardy: The Son's Veto

Language:
English
Genres:
Fiction & Literature, Realism

Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. Thomas Hardy’s story “The Son’s Veto” opens by describing a decently attractive woman sitting in a wheelchair at a local outdoor concert in a suburb of London. She is accompanied by her young son, who apparently has just become a teenager. He is dressed in the uniform of a “public” English school. As the boy pushes his mother home from the concert, she alludes, using poor grammar, to the illness of her husband, the boy’s father. The boy impatiently corrects his mother’s speech and she responds meekly. Perhaps she was thinking back on her youth and wondering if she had made the right choices...

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