Under the Greenwood Tree

Thomas HARDY (1840 - 1928)


This novel is subtitled The Mellstock Quire, A Rural Painting of the Dutch School. The Quire is the group of musicians who accompany the hymns at the local church and we follow the fortunes of one member, Dick Dewy, who falls in love with the new school mistress, Fancy Day.

Another element of the book is the battle between the traditional musicians of the Quire and the local vicar, Parson Maybold, who installs a church organ. This battle illustrates the developing technology being introduced in the Victorian era and its threat to traditional country ways.

The novel was published anonymously in 1872 and is often seen as Thomas Hardy's most gentle and pastoral novel. In 2005 Under the Greenwood Tree was adapted for a television version by Ashley Pharoah. (Summary by Rachel Lintern)

Genre(s): Romance, Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Rachel Lintern
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Play 01 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 1: Mellstock-Lane Rachel Lintern
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Play 02 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 2: The Tranter's Rachel Lintern
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Play 03 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 3: The Assembled Quire Rachel Lintern
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Play 04 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 4: Going the Rounds Rachel Lintern
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Play 05 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 5: The Listeners Rachel Lintern
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Play 06 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 6: Christmas Morning Rachel Lintern
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Play 07 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 7: The Tranter's Party Rachel Lintern
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Play 08 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 8: They Dance More Wildly Rachel Lintern
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Play 09 Part the First - Winter - Chapter 9: Dick Calls at the School Rachel Lintern
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Play 10 Part the Second - Spring - Chapter 1: Passing by the School + Chapter 2: A Meeting of the Quire Rachel Lintern
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Play 11 Part the Second - Spring - Chapter 3: A Turn in the Discussion Rachel Lintern
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Play 12 Part the Second - Spring - Chapter 4: The Interview with the Vicar Rachel Lintern
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Play 13 Part the Second - Spring - Chapter 5: Returning Home Ward Rachel Lintern
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Play 14 Part the Second - Spring - Chapter 6: Yalbury Wood and the Keeper's House Rachel Lintern
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Play 15 Part the Second - Spring - Chapter 7: Dick Makes Himself Useful Rachel Lintern
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Play 16 Part the Second - Spring - Chapter 8: Dick Meets His Father Rachel Lintern
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Play 17 Part the Third - Summer - Chapter 1: Driving out of Budmouth Rachel Lintern
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Play 18 Part the Third - Summer - Chapter 2: Further along the Road Rachel Lintern
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Play 19 Part the Third - Summer - Chapter 3: A Confession Rachel Lintern
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Play 20 Part the Third - Summer - Chapter 4: An Arrangement Rachel Lintern
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Play 21 Part the Fourth - Autumn - Chapter 1: Going Nutting Rachel Lintern
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Play 22 Part the Fourth - Autumn - Chapter 2: Honey-taking, And Afterwards Rachel Lintern
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Play 23 Part the Fourth - Autumn - Chapter 3: Fancy In The Rain Rachel Lintern
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Play 24 Part the Fourth - Autumn - Chapter 4: The Spell Rachel Lintern
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Play 25 Part the Fourth - Autumn - Chapter 5: After Gaining Her Point Rachel Lintern
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Play 26 Part the Fourth - Autumn - Chapter 6: Into Temptation Rachel Lintern
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Play 27 Part the Fourth - Autumn - Chapter 7: Second Thoughts Rachel Lintern
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Play 28 Part the Fifth - Conclusion - Chapter 1: 'The Knot There's No Untying' Rachel Lintern
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Play 29 Part the Fifth - Conclusion - Chapter 2: Under the Greenwood Tree Rachel Lintern
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