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The Darkling Thrush

The Darkling Thrush

by Thomas Hardy

Fear Quotes

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Quote #1

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant, (9-10)

What's scarier than death? Seriously, folks. And the over-the-topness of this description only makes it more chilling.

Quote #2

The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry, (13-14)

Nature's gone crazy. In the speaker's mind, even birth and regeneration is no longer possible. Then again, have you ever known a winter that wasn't followed by spring at some point? Exactly. Maybe it's not as hopeless and scary as it appears.

Quote #3

And every spirit upon the earth
Seemed fervourless as I. (15-16)

"Fervourless" spirits can't have enough energy to be scared. But the depiction of zombie-like people is supposed to strike fear into the hearts of any and all readers.

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