(Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain)
It seemed a story of a wife who looked away.
Her hay trusser man sold her in five guineas
But she looked in a general vagueness of sea.
It turned out to be story of a mayor’s hubris
A failure to enhance the value of bad wheat.
The drama is long, episodes too occasional.
(re-reading Thomas Hardy’s novel The Mayor of Casterbridge)