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Laodicean

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

1. Preface
2. Book the First, Part 1
3. Book the First, Part 2
4. Book the First, Part 3
5. Book the First, Part 4
6. Book the First, Part 5
7. Book the First, Part 6
8. Book the First, Part 7
9. Book the First, Part 8
10. Book the First, Part 9
11. Book the First, Part 10
12. Book the First, Part 11
13. Book the First, Part 12
14. Book the First, Part 13
15. Book the First, Part 14
16. Book the First, Part 15
17. Book the Second, Part 1
18. Book the Second, Part 2
19. Book the Second, Part 3
20. Book the Second, Part 4
21. Book the Second, Part 5
22. Book the Second, Part 6
23. Book the Second, Part 7
24. Book the Third, Part 1
25. Book the Third, Part 2
26. Book the Third, Part 3
27. Book the Third, Part 4
28. Book the Third, Part 5
29. Book the Third, Part 6
30. Book the Third, Part 7
31. Book the Third, Part 8
32. Book the Third, Part 9
33. Book the Third, Part 10
34. Book the Third, Part 11
35. Book the Fourth, Part 1
36. Book the Fourth, Part 2
37. Book the Fourth, Part 3
38. Book the Fourth, Part 4
39. Book the Fourth, Part 5
40. Book the Fifth, Part 1
41. Book the Fifth, Part 2
42. Book the Fifth, Part 3
43. Book the Fifth, Part 4
44. Book the Fifth, Part 5
45. Book the Fifth, Part 6
46. Book the Fifth, Part 7
47. Book the Fifth, Part 8
48. Book the Fifth, Part 9
49. Book the Fifth, Part 10
50. Book the Fifth, Part 11
51. Book the Fifth, Part 12
52. Book the Fifth, Part 13
53. Book the Fifth, Part 14
54. Book the Sixth, Part 1
55. Book the Sixth, Part 2
56. Book the Sixth, Part 3
57. Book the Sixth, Part 4
58. Book the Sixth, Part 5

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Summary

The Laodicean (someone whose religious beliefs are “lukewarm”) of the title is Paula Power who bought the ancient castle De Stancy which she is determined to restore. Being of a modern frame of mind, she has the telegraph connected to the castle – and uses it all the time in the course of the story. George Somerset is a young architect who is invited to compete for the chance of the commission to restore the castle and who falls in love with Paula. However, the brother of Paula’s great friend Charlotte De Stancy – of the aristocratic family that once owned the castle – aided by his villainous illegitimate son, sets out to win Paula for himself. Although Paula likes the idea of being a De Stancy, she is drawn to George from the start. The various machinations of De Stancy and his son keep the narrative moving along at a fast pace.