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The Son's Veto By Thomas Hardy

1178 words - 5 pages

Compare the way that Thomas hardy writes about the effects of
marriage on his characters’ behaviour and lives in a selection of his
short stories.


Thomas Hardy was born in higher bockhampton Dorset in 1840. His first
career move was an architect in London he then went on to be a short
story novelist. He married twice his first wife Emma and second
Florence.He him self being much like many of the characters being born
and bread a country boy to grow up to be part of a working class
family. Hardy died in 1928in Dorchester.

Thomas Hardy got his inspiration for many of his stories by local
gossip or from a story currently in the news papers at that particular
time. Hardy would set stories much earlier and use different names and
places so he wouldn’t upset anyone.

“The Son’s Veto” Was based on Hardy himself and stemmed back from his
own experience with this mother. She works for a vicar at the time of
class distinction and snobbery.

In “The Son’s Veto” the marriage of sophy and twycott takes place this
is convenient for sophy.

“Well – do you want to marry? Not much. But it would be a home for me
and we have heard that one of us will have to leave.”

Sophy marries twycott because of what he is offering her she needs
someone to support and provide for her. Sophy does not love him but
his superior social position can allow her to live well.

Sophy and twycott are from different classes and at that particular
time that was shamed upon. So this took a really affect on the two of
them and the marriage.

“Mr Twycott knew perfectly well that he had committed social suicide
by this step, despite Sophy’s spotless character.”

Twycott was fully aware of what would happen after the marriage but he
was prepared to give up his superior position that was much looked
upon for Sophy.

After Twycott’s death Sophy had nothing no control over anything that
belonged to her husband.

“She was left with no control over anything that had been her husbands
beyond her modest personal income.”

Sophy only had what she could earn. It was not up to her and she would
find it very difficult to work long hours.

Sophy had many a good reason to marry Sam and started thinking of him.

“She had occasionally thought of him, and wondered if life in a
cottage with him would have not been a happier lot than life she had

Sophy realised what she had done and she had married Twycott for
conveyance when she could have married Sam for love.

Sophy has her son to think of and doesn’t want to do badly by him so
she does not marry Sam.

“If it were only myself I would do it and gladly, though everything I
possess would be lost to me by marrying again.”

Sophy will not marry again because her son doesn’t want her to. And
everything she owns will be lost by remarrying.

In this story of “The melan choly hussar of the Germen legion” Phyllis
agrees to an engagement with Humphrey.

“The man who had...

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