In Far from the Madding Crowd, what are your first impressions of Bathsheba and Gabriel, and what the names of the main characters?
We are informed in the first chapter that Farmer Oak is a young man of "sound judgment, easy motions, proper dress, and general good character." We are also told, however, that Gabriel Oak is rather lukewarm regarding religion: "that is, he went to church, but yawned privately by the time the congregation reached the Nicene creed . . ."
Bathsheba is first presented from Oak's point of view when he sees her sitting in a wagon. Although she is "young and attractive," she is also vain. Gabriel notices her "surveying herself" and smiling into a "small swing looking-glass" that she carries with her.
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