Thomas Hardy. To Please His Wife (for upper-intermediate)


Some months passed and Joanna’s mother died. Now even more she didn’t wish her husband to go to sea again, but the question was what he could do at home. They thought and finally decided to start a business. They bought a grocer’s shop in High Street and though both of them knew very little about shopkeeping, they hoped to learn.

They started to do the grocery business and continued to do it for some years but without any success. Soon Joanna gave birth to two sons and although she had never really loved her husband, she adored her boys. She wanted them to get good education but the shop did not give much money, and her large dreams died away in the face of realities. The boys’ schooling was the plainest, and they spent a lot of time on the shore like other poor boys in the neighbourhood.

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