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"The Three Strangers" is a short story by Thomas Hardy from 1883.

"The Three Strangers"
AuthorThomas Hardy
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesWessex Tales
Genre(s)Short story
Published inLongman's Magazine
Harper's Weekly
Publication typePeriodical
Media typePrint
Publication date1883
Followed by"The Withered Arm"



The story is a pastoral history[1] told by an omniscient narrator more than 50 years after the event. The sheep-stealer is a kind of folk hero who stole to survive and escaped by outsmarting his hangman.

Casterbridge was the name for Dorchester in Thomas Hardy's Wessex.[2]


"The Three Strangers" was published in Longman's Magazine and Harper's Weekly in March 1883.[3] Five years later it became the first of five stories in Hardy's Wessex Tales.


  1. ^ Kristin Brody (1982). The Short Stories of Thomas Hardy. New York.
  2. ^ "Thomas Hardy: Placenames". Archived from the original on 2012-07-28.
  3. ^ Pinion, F. B. (1978). A Hardy Companion. London.

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