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Under the Greenwood Tree
QUOTATION: That mans silence is wonderful to listen to.
ATTRIBUTION: Thomas Hardy (18401928), British novelist, poet. Spinks,
in Under the Greenwood Tree, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1872).
QUOTATION: On Thursday morning
going through the quiet woods
it is not Thursday.
To dwellers in a wood almost every species of tree has its voice as well
as its feature. At the passing of the breeze the fir-trees sob and moan
no less distinctly than they rock; the holly whistles as it battles with
itself; the ash hisses amid its quiverings; the beech rustles while its
flat boughs rise and fall. And winter, which modifies the note of such
trees as shed their leaves, does not destroy its individuality.
ATTRIBUTION: Thomas Hardy (18401928), British novelist, poet. Under
the Greenwood Tree, ch. 1 (1872).