Адаптированная книга на английском языке «Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy». Аудиокнига на английском.
Most of Thomas Hardy’s stories are about the people who worked on the farms and in the small villages in the country area5 which he called Wessex. In the 1800s, many country people were poor and their lives were hard. They did things in the same way that their parents and grandparents had done them. They also did special things on special days of the year — these were their customs. One of their customs was to celebrate6 spring — the time when trees and plants begin to grow again, and young animals are born.
In the nineteenth century, country people worked very hard every month of the year. They did not earn much money and farm work was dirty and difficult. Every member of a family had to work — even small children. Until 1886, country children did not go to school. They helped their mothers and fathers in the fields. After 1886, all children were able to go to school for a few years.
After their work was finished, farm workers often went to inns7 and drank large amounts of alcohol. When they were drunk, they could forget about their troubles.
At this time, most country people walked, or travelled in vehicles pulled by horses. Railway lines were not yet built to all parts of the country.
Farm workers did many different jobs. In the spring, they planted the cereal crops8 or vegetable crops in the fields. They repaired the farm buildings. They made and repaired the hedges9 and walls which surrounded the fields.
At the end of the summer, the crops were harvested10. After a harvest, farmers took their crops to a com exchange11 and sold them.
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