Hardy showed the prevalent changes which had spread over England, and the spiritual malaise which infected the country and in the writings of her poets. Hardy had lived in a time of physical and spiritual instability. (Hardy, 1954) Hardy kept a careful record of people, places, and events, and he used and reused these notes for his writings. He used the topography of rural Dorset as the fictional Wessex in his writings. He described the pathways with uncanny precision. He was a zealous researcher of people and events. (Millgate, 2004) Hardy made use of contrast and comparison in his writings. He was an excellent student of the French technique in the art of shaping a narrative. (Cox, 1979)
In Hardy's writings, he presents the idea of property as the foundation of the social life of peaceful and orderly community. Hence, he refers to regular laws dealing directly and indirectly with this matter. (Grismditch, 1962) For example, in this short story, Hardy made reference to Timothy's felonious action of changing the will of his grandfather to benefit Rupert, his son.
His writings emphasize that without the security of property, whether publicly or privately owned, no civilized government can exist. Other affairs are dealt with by social conventions. ...