It satirizes and parodies the romanticised, pessimistic accounts of rural life by writers like thomas hardy and Mary Webb.
This week: David Lodge's new novel about H.G. Wells, the eccentric letters of Ellen Terry, and thomas hardy's unfortunate critics.
Mark Twain, thomas hardy, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Francis Bacon, and John Milton all kept them, to name a few.
c.1200, "bold, daring, fearless," from Old French hardi, from past participle of hardir "to harden, be or make bold," from Frankish *hardjan, from Proto-Germanic *hardjan "to make hard" (cf. Old Frisian herda, Old High German herten, Old Norse herða, Gothic gahardjan "make hard;" see hard). Sense influenced by English hard. Related: Hardily; hardiness. Hardhede "physical hardiness" is attested from early 15c.