10 Things Bathsheba Everdene taught me about Valentine’s Day

Like a boss.

Far from the Madding Crowd is a novel written by Thomas Hardy (no, not that one; I know, sorry) that follows the romantic (and farm-related) trials and travails of Bathsheba Everdene. Bathsheba is a beautiful, clever young woman who finds herself trying to make sense of the affections of three men: a shepherd she met in her hometown before inheriting her uncle’s farm a few towns over; a crazed older farmer; and a piece of crap with a sword.

There’s a lot in Far from the Madding Crowd that a modern young woman might hope to emulate, which I have distilled in the ten romance tips below. But do keep in mind that there are also plenty of actions to be avoided, and this novel really shouldn’t be taken as a blueprint to happiness. A guy dies. No one needs that in today’s dating climate.

Anyhow, have yourself a merry little Valentine’s Day, with the help of these nifty tips!

  1. Juggling three boys at once sounds great in concept, but gets messy when one of them is your employee, another your next door neighbor, and the last a pompous jerk.
  2. Don’t let insecure farmers dictate your love life.
  3. Now is a time to be bold in love, but not in such a way as to circuitously cause a murder.
  4. Sheep-shearing aptitude is an excellent test of soul mate potential.
  5. Be true to yourself–you’re allowed to second guess yourself and change your mind. And if something tragic happens because of it, well…how were you supposed to know?
  6. If your best gal pal kisses you on the lips and tells you your current boy toy is no good, maybe listen to what she has to say.
  7. The boy who comes a-courtin’ with intent to marry you on day one might actually be the one for you. But feel free to date other people to make sure.
  8. All that glitters in a spiffy red soldier uniform is not gold. (Though his buttons may be.)
  9. Swordplay. HOT.
  10. Insincere valentines can kill.

Far from the Madding Crowd just so happens to be the second book in #Classics2016 challenge. Follow my reading exploits in old-timey literature here.

Do you have any tried and true tips for love and romance? Share them in the comments! (Because I’m asking for a friend. Totally just asking for a friend.)

Now go hug someone.


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