How is Clym an example of Hardy's modern man?

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Clement Yeobright—known as Clym—is a modern man because he is known by his history rather than his age. Thomas Hardy says that many men can be understood simply by knowing their age but that a modern man is known by the intensity "of his history." This means that the modern...

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Clement Yeobright—known as Clym—is a modern man because he is known by his history rather than his age. Thomas Hardy says that many men can be understood simply by knowing their age but that a modern man is known by the intensity "of his history." This means that the modern man is someone who understands the world because of their experience and deep contemplation.

Hardy makes it clear that Clym is this modern man when he says that his face doesn't give away his age. He says that for men in this middle age, Clym might look young. He doesn't, however, look immature. He looks like a person with a lot of experience and who has done a lot of contemplation on many serious matters.

Hardy goes on to say that Clym would have been handsome if he hadn't ruined his looks with his preoccupations. His face is knowledgeable beyond his short years; he has seen and understood more than many men of his age. He doesn't only sit around thinking about what he needs to do or the local gossip. Instead, he meditates on more serious matters like the nature of man and his place in the universe.

Hardy's modern man can be found in the shape of his face. When he grapples with difficult, complex thoughts, it changes his looks. It makes him different than the other men around him. Eustacia recognizes this the first time she sees and studies Clym.

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