this time around, it is also interesting to me that bathsheba, the outspoken, beautiful, and independent heroine, falls for a uniform (troy) in much the same way some of jane austen's young ladies do. i'm guessing that this is a true reflection of part of english life.during the process of reading far from..., we went to see the ohio light opera company perform gilbert and sullivan's iolanthe, which is in part a satire of pastoral romances, which is in part what hardy is writing. was this written before or after moby dick? should i say that hardy does for sheep farming what melville does for whaling? or is it that melville does for whaling what hardy does for sheep faming? i close with a note on writing. this crossed my e-mail path a few days ago. it is from a posting of a poem a day. the writer is talking about the author elizabeth gilbert and quotes her as saying: "As for discipline — it's important, but sort of overrated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. [...] Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn't take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness."