Thomas Hardy quote about marriage from Far from the Madding Crowd - I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.
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I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.
 Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). copy citation

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Author Thomas Hardy
Source Far from the Madding Crowd
Topic marriage husband bride
Date 1874
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/107/107-h/107-h.htm

Context

“People would talk about me, and think I had won my battle, and I should feel triumphant, and all that, But a husband—"
"Well!"
"Why, he'd always be there, as you say; whenever I looked up, there he'd be."
"Of course he would—I, that is."
"Well, what I mean is that I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband. But since a woman can't show off in that way by herself, I shan't marry—at least yet."
"That's a terrible wooden story!"
At this criticism of her statement Bathsheba made an addition to her dignity by a slight sweep away from him.” source

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