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The Trumpet-Major

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

1. Chapter 00 – Preface
2. Chapter 01 – What Was Seen From the Window Overlooking the Down
3. Chapter 02 – Somebody Knocks and Comes In
4. Chapter 03 – The Mill Becomes an Important Centre of Operations
5. Chapter 04 – Who Were Present at the Miller’s Little Entertainment
6. Chapter 05 – The Song and the Stranger
7. Chapter 06 – Old Mr. Derriman of Oxwell Hall
8. Chapter 07 – How They Talked in the Pastures
9. Chapter 08 – Anne Makes a Circuit of the the Camp
10. Chapter 09 – Anne is Kindly Fetched by the Trumpet-Major
11. Chapter 10 – The Matchmaking Virtues of a Double Garden
12. Chapter 11 – Our People Are Affected by the Presence of Royalty
13. Chapter 12 – How Everybody Great and Small Climbed…
14. Chapter 13 – The Conversation in the Crowd
15. Chapter 14 – Later in the Eve. of the Same Day
16. Chapter 15 – ‘Captain’ Bob Loveday of the Merchant Service
17. Chapter 16 – They Make Ready for the Illustrious Stranger
18. Chapter 17 – Two Fainting Fits and a Bewilderment
19. Chapter 18 – The Night After the Arrival
20. Chapter 19 – Miss Johnson’s Behaviour Causes No Little Surprise
21. Chapter 20 – How They Lessened the Effect of the Calamity
22. Chapter 21 – ‘Upon the Hill He Turned’
23. Chapter 22 – The Two Households United
24. Chapter 23 – Military Preparations on an Extended Scale
25. Chapter 24 – A Letter, A Visitor and a Tin Box
26. Chapter 25 – Festus Shows His Love
27. Chapter 26 – The Alarm
28. Chapter 27 – Danger to Anne
29. Chapter 28 – Anne Does Wonders
30. Chapter 29 – A Dissembler
31. Chapter 30 – At The Theatre Royal
32. Chapter 31 – Midnight Visitors
33. Chapter 32 – Deliverance
34. Chapter 33 – A Discovery Turns the Scale
35. Chapter 34 – A Speck on the Sea
36. Chapter 35 – A Sailor Enters
37. Chapter 36 – Derriman Sees Chances
38. Chapter 37 – Reaction
39. Chapter 38 – A Delicate Situation
40. Chapter 39 – Bob Loveday Struts Up and Down
41. Chapter 40 – A Call on Business
42. Chapter 41 – John Marches into the Night

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Summary

Our heroine, Anne Garland, lives quietly in a rural community deep in the English countryside. However, the arrival of several regiments preparing for an expected invasion brings colour and chaos to the county. A graceful and charming young woman, Anne is pursued by three suitors: John Loveday, the trumpet-major in a British regiment, honest and loyal; his brother Robert, a merchant seaman and womaniser, and Festus Derriman, the cowardly son of the local squire. Set at the time of the Napoleonic wars, this is the author’s only historical novel, and unusually for Hardy’s stories, most of the characters live happily ever after.

Reviews

dg

Mr. Hardy obviously had a very low opinion of women because they are always the most conceited and ignorant bunch! Actually, most of the characters in this novel are quite ignorant.