Faith and Film: Far from the Madding Crowd
Adapted from the 1870 Thomas Hardy novel, “Far from the Madding Crowd” is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, an independent Victorian-era woman pursued by three suitors. First, there is Gabriel Oak, a farmer and shepherd. Gabriel proposes to Bathsheba early in the film. Bathsheba likes Gabriel, but does not love him, and says she is too independent to marry him.
Soon afterward, Bathsheba inherits an estate owned by her uncle. She moves to take charge of the estate. Bathsheba surprises most of the workers and her neighbors when she announces that she plans to manage the estate herself. Gabriel turns up at the estate and she immediately hires him. Bathsheba also meets William Boldwood, the owner of a neighboring estate. William takes a liking to Bathsheba, and is soon asking for her hand in marriage.
In the meantime, Francis Troy, a soldier, is preparing for marriage. He arrives at the church, but his fiancée does not show up. Mistakenly, she has gone to the wrong church! Thinking that his fiancée has jilted him, Francis wanders aimlessly throughout the region. He comes across Bathsheba’s farm. Bathsheba finds Francis to be dashing and handsome in his uniform, and falls for him.