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  • adj. Reminiscent of the writings of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), of which the best known are tragic novels.


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Hardy +‎ -esque


  • In this four-door farce, a pair of Laurel-and- Hardyesque jewel thieves who are on the lam hide out in a rundown hotel that looks empty but turns out to be fully occupied with a diverse collection of peculiar people.

    Too Much of a Good Thing

  • His economic style is perfectly suited to his bucolic story-telling of Hardyesque figures in the landscape, although I think the sun shines more in Bates 'Kent than in Hardy's Wessex.

    Bates Blog

  • Everything brooding in a very Hardyesque manner, except this is more Rogue Male country, at least for those who frequently return to the pleasures of Geoffery Household's novel.

    Wonky Wessex

  • The new book is reviewed by Mick Imlah in the TLS (see link at start of post) with the rather grammatically puzzling standfirst: "The modern Hardyesque of Posy Simmonds 'brilliant plot management and visual invention."

    November 2007

  • It is a super sized rose covered cottage, in a chocolate box village with Hardyesque church and rolling hills thrown in ..

    Archive 2007-02-11

  • Even if you persist in hurling Promethean or Hardyesque defiances at it, then, since you are part of it, it is only that same Whole which through you "quietly declaims the cursings of itself" - a futility which seems to me to vitiate Lord Russell's stirring essay on "The Worship of a Free Man."

    Surprised by Joy

  • His late poems are full of that tenderness and also of a Hardyesque humbleness in which, while still enthralled by poetry, he hesitates to make too great claims for it.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The lyrics of the traditional folk songs are particularly wonderful: tales of young, ill-fated sailors, unrequited doomed love and the farmer who discovers just how hard his wife really works present a nostalgic portal to a Hardyesque era.

    Qwaider Planet

  • A dozen Exeter men have played for England, from the fabled Victorian Dick Kindersley (at 6ft 3in and 14st a giant for those times), triple Oxford rowing blue, Eton housemaster and expert in the Devon dialect, through the likes of two indefatigable favourites of mine as a boy, Dick Madge and Don Manley, to such modern goodies as Mike Davis, John Scott and today's appealing Hardyesque woodlander-countryman Danny Grewcock.

    How the original All Blacks went down in the annals of history


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