Thomas Hardy quote about labour from Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Do you know that I have undergone three-quarters of this labour entirely for the sake of the fourth quarter?
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Do you know that I have undergone three-quarters of this labour entirely for the sake of the fourth quarter?
 Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891). copy citation

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Author Thomas Hardy
Source Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Topic labour
Date 1891
Language English
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Context

“You should lift Marian! Such a lump. You are like an undulating billow warmed by the sun. And all this fluff of muslin about you is the froth.»
«It is very pretty—if I seem like that to you.»
«Do you know that I have undergone three-quarters of this labour entirely for the sake of the fourth quarter?»
«No.»
«I did not expect such an event to-day.»
«Nor I… The water came up so sudden.»
That the rise in the water was what she understood him to refer to, the state of breathing belied.” source

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