They were a family of hereditary scribes and literary men in Fermanagh. The name is derived from the word pronntach or bronntach,  which is related to the word bronnadh, meaning giving or bestowal pronn is given as an Ulster version of bronn in O'Reilly's Irish English Dictionary. It is not known for certain what motivated him to do so, and multiple theories exist to account for the change.
Only at one point, it seems to me, is there a serious lapse in the art of the book, and that is when the door of the bedroom closet is sprung open on us to reveal the row of childish corpses.
Up to that one admires the strength and sobriety of the narrative, its complete reliance on the interests that lie in common humanity. We feel that here are real human beings of the sort we all know, engaged in obscure struggles that are latent in the life we all know.
But with the opening of that cupboard we are thrust out of the large field of common life into the small field of the police court or the lunatic asylum, among the things which for most of us are comparatively unreal.
Down obscure alleys, apparently never trodden now by the foot of man, and whose very existence seemed to be forgotten, there would jut into the path porticoes, oriels, doorways of enriched and florid middle-age design, their extinct air being accentuated by the rottenness of the stones.
It seemed impossible [End Page ] that modern thought could house itself in such decrepit and superseded chambers. You are not currently authenticated. View freely available titles:Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Jude the Obscure (Oxford World's Classics) Considering the period in which Thomas Hardy wrote this novel, it is notable because of the clear depiction of the class system of the time and the justification for a fairer, more liberal minded society.
“Jude the Obscure” said to be Thomas Hardy’s finest novel, is indeed a finely written story with many richly drawn characters.
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Reviews, essays, books and the arts: the leading international weekly for literary culture. Hardy’s Jude the Obscure follows Jude Fawley, a poor orphan living with his Aunt Drusilla.
Inspired by his former schoolteacher, Richard Phillotson’s decision to pursue an education at Christminster, Jude dreams of studying in Christminster and becoming a scholar.
Enthralled in his studies, Jude.
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