Since the receipt of the missive in the morning, Boldwood had felt the symmetry of his existence to be slowly getting distorted in the direction of an ideal passion.
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Source Notes: Far from the Madding Crowd (chapter 14, "The Effect of the Letter--Sunrise") (1874). Farmer Boldwood reacts passionately to a valentine sent as a joke (and sealed with the words "Marry Me") by the impulsive Bathsheba.
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