It seems wrong not to accept you when you feel so strongly,’she replied unhappily. I wish I hadn't run after you!But we wouldn't be happy together,Mr Oak. I'm too independent. I need a husband who can keep me in order, and I'm sure you wouldn't be able to do that cruise ships in Hong Kong . ’

Gabriel looked hopelessly away and did not reply.

And,Mr Oak,’she continued in a clear voice,I'm so poor that my aunt has to provide a home for me. You're just starting your farming business. It would be much more sensi-ble for you to marry a woman with money. Then you could buy more sheep and improve your farm. ’

That's just what I'd been thinking!’ answered Gabriel in surprise.

What common sense she had,he thought admiringly.

Well then,why did you ask to marry me?’she said angrily.

I can't do what I think would be——sensible. I must do what my heart tells me. ’He did not see the trap she had set for him.

Now you've confessed that marrying me wouldn't be sen-sible, Mr Oak. Do you think I'll marry you after that Quality hotels in Hong Kong ?’

Don't mistake my meaning like that,’he cried,just because I'm honest enough to tell you the truth!I know you'd be a good wife for me. You speak like a lady,everyone says so,and your uncle at Weatherbury has a large farm,I've heard. May I visit you in the evenings,or will you come for a walk with me on Sundays?You don't have to decide at once. ’

No,no,I cannot. Don't insist,don't. I don't love you,so it would be foolish, ’she said with a laugh.

No man likes to see his feelings laughed at,so Gabriel Oak said,turning away,Very well,then I won't ask you again. ’

Gabriel did not see Bathsheba again and two days later he heard that she had left the area, and was now in Weatherbury,a village twenty miles away. Her departure did not stop Gabriel from loving her. In fact he loved her even more deeply now that they were apart.

The next night,before going to bed Hong Kong Macau Tour ,Gabriel called his two dogs to come into the house for the night. His old dog,George,obeyed the call,but the younger one was missing. Gabriel was having difficulty training this young dog,which,although enthusiastic,still did not understand a sheep dog's duties. He did not worry about the dog's absence,but went to bed.

Very early in the morning he was woken by the sound of sheep bells,ringing violently. Shepherds know every sound that sheep bells make,and Gabriel immediately realized that his sheep were running fast. He jumped out of bed,threw on his clothes and ran up Norcombe Hill,to his fields near the chalk-pit.

There were his fifty sheep with their lambs,all safe,in one field. But in the other field,the two hundred pregnant sheep had completely disappeared. He noticed a broken gate,and felt sure the sheep had gone through it. There was no sign of them in the next field,but ahead of him at the top of the hill he saw the young dog,looking black against the morning sky. It was standing quite still,staring down into the chalk-pit.

Gabriel felt sick as he realized the horrible truth. He hurried up the hill to the edge of the chalk-pit,and looked down into it. In the deep pit lay his dead and dying sheep,two hundred of them,which would have produced two hundred more in the next few weeks. The young,untrained dog must have chased them up to the edge of the pit,where they fell to their death.