Bathsheba's Relationship With Troy in Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd
Tomas Hardy's novel, 'Far From The Madding Crowd', takes us back to
1840's countryside. Here we accompany Bathsheba in farming problems
and her troubles with three suitors, one of which is Francis Troy.
Troy is the dashing, bold and daring soldier whom she stumbles upon
one dark evening. Tomas Hardy uses various methods to show us how
their relationship develops and how they affect the people around
For example, the first time that Bathsheba and Troy meet each other in
the 'Fir Plantation' in chapter 24. Here Hardy uses lots of imagery to
convey both Bathsheba's and Troy's feelings for each other. Such as
when the spur dug in to her skirt it 'nearly threw Bathsheba off her
balance' we can see this as a premonition of the future: of her
troubles after marrying Troy and of her salvation from Oak. She almost
collapsed but she recovered just in time. Similarly she nearly sank
into a state of deep depression but recovered just in time through
Oak's good will.
In the same scene we see Bathsheba's amazement on seeing Troy for the
first time, because they meet in the dark. Hardy shows us the feelings
of the characters so we know what Bathsheba is thinking and feeling.
Although he doesn't literally say "Bathsheba fancied him instantly" it
is what he meant when he wrote 'Bathsheba held her position with
astonishment.' This shows us how Bathsheba was instantly attracted to
Similarly when Hardy comments on the fact that 'Bathsheba was vexed;
she hardly knew why,' shows us that as Bathsheba touched Troy's hand
she was both pleased yet confused that she was so pleased, which made
her 'vexed' and although Hardy did not say...