Love and Marriage in “The Madding Crowd” by Gracy Olmstead
Even if it is a step above today's trashy romance novels (and worthy of being in a Brit Lit course), it is still their progenitor, appealing to emotion and erroneous views of love, and it is not clear to me that good sense actually prevails at the end of the story. (And then there is the feminism in the story; funny how the portrayal of such cognitive dissonance is acceptable to the masses of women. The NPR review is a howler.)
Still, the movie does look gorgeous and the work done for the costumes seems high quality. (Historically accurate?) If men would dress like the first choice, Gabriel.
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