"Far from the Madding Crowd" is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy's Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love. It tells of the dashing Sergeant Troy whose rakish philosophy of life was "...the past was yesterday; the future, tomorrow; never, the day after". And lastly, of the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr.Boldwood, whose love fills him with "...a fearful sense of exposure", when he first sets eyes on Bathsheba. The background to this compelling story is the majesty of the Wessex countryside in-all its moods, contriving to make it one of the most English great English novels.