What are the themes and narrative forms of Thomas Hardy's "The Withered Arm"?

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“The Whithered Arm” is a short story by Thomas Hardy . It was first published in 1888. It follows the life of Rhoda, who has an illegitimate child with Farmer Lodge. However, instead of marrying Rhoda, Lodge marries a different woman, Gertrude. This deeply upsets Rhoda. In a dream, she grabs Gertrude’s arm in an act of self-defense. However, the next day Gertrude announces that she indeed feels a pain in her arm. Her arms continues to whither,...

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