1.1.2 Melia feels worthless and
always refers to herself as
1.2.1 The other woman wants all the
materialistic things that Melia
owns."I wish I had feathers, a fine
sweeping gown, And a delicate
face, and could strut about
1.3.1 the other female speaker seems shocked
that Melia has found wealth because
when she last saw her she was in tatters.
1.3.2 she was shocked to see
her in town. "Who could
have supposed I should
meet you in Town? "
2.1 The two women have contrasting opinions on Melia's lifestyle.
2.1.1 Melia does not care for her riches and nice clothes. Her
main focus of herself is the fact she is ruined. However,
Melia's old work colleague disregards that Melia is a
prostate and ruined, she is more concerned about thje
fact she can afford nice clothing.
18.104.22.168 Is the farm girl naïve, not understanding
what she is being told, or is she just not
phased by the fact she would have to
give up her dignity and end up "ruined"
in order to gain riches.
2.2 Hardy's attitude, unlike that of a lot
of men in his era, is not one of
disapproval or disgust towards 'Melia.
He portrays her as very "knowing" -
understanding that the seemingly
good position she now finds herself in
is not "real". She knows the price she
has had to pay and we get the sense
that Hardy feels sympathetic towards
3.1 how much people
can change over time
3.1.1 Melia left the country side in
tatters but now wears gloves
3.2 The identity of
women and the
3.2.1 the other female speaker
wishes to have Melia's
belongings, "I wish I had
feathers, a fine sweeping
gown," despite Melia telling her
she is "ruined".
3.3 money and materialistic things not being
the key to happiness
3.3.1 she has "such fair garments" yet still feels ruined
4.1 Repetition of "said she"
4.2 "this does everything crown!"
4.2.1 Melia's "crown" shows her riches and,
in the other girls eyes, Melia's power
now that she's come to money .
5.1 The Hunchback in the Park
5.1.1 both show the idea that life can be cruel
5.1.2 both suggest not to
judge people on the way
22.214.171.124 Hunchback may well be a
freindlyman but isn't given a
chance because of his disability.
126.96.36.199 Melia's former collegue is
impressed by Melia without
relasing how ruined she feels.
6.1 set out as six, four
6.1.1 Also known as a quatrain
6.2 Regular 'aabb'
6.3 The last word in each
stanza is always she
6.4 line length
6.4.1 Melia's lines are brief
compared to the other