Re: Read any Thomas Hardy?
I read Jude the Obscure some ten years ago and still have my copy somewhere. Remember a hell of a lot about it; I'm rewatching the Star Trek: The Next Generation series right now and I've totally forgotten most episodes except for one or two scenes or details that tip me off that I'd seen them before, and that was only just a few years since seeing them the first time. Remember damn near everything from Jude, though. Strikes me as a book that would mean more with age and life experience, too.
I also started Tess of the D'Urbervilles once but the read kind of petered out half-to-two-thirds of the way through. I also have a copy of the Return of the Native that I accidentally stole from my sister in high school but have never read.
So The Vicar of Wakefield ends up like Jude the Obscure? Might not be so dull after all! Hopefully one of the kids murder-suicides the rest in a closet.