Under the Greenwood Tree

Synopsis: Young educated beauty Fancy Day comes to town to teach school and care for her ailing father. Soon gossip around town turns to who Miss Day will marry. The lead contender is wealthy Mr. Shinar. Fancy, however, has also caught the attention of poor Dick Dewy and Parson Maybold. Poor Fancy is also caught in the middle of a feud between the parson and the former church choir when the parson introduces a harmonium to provide the church music, effectively usurping the choir, and asks Fancy to play.
93 min

[music] The lads and the lasses

A sheep-shearing go

[music] Fa la lee... [music]

Dick? That you, Dick Dewy?

The very same, Robert Penny.

'Tis as chill a Christmas Eve

as I remember.

Hello, our Dick.


You be in fine voice, Dick.

Myself, I'm in need of libation

on a cold night like this.

Then we'd best get ourselves

to Father's house, Mr Penny.

Oh, thank you, Miss Day.

Here we are, then. Come on in.

Yeah, all right, then, Thomas?

- I'm cold.

- You'll be all right, Thomas.

I hope it's ready.

Cider, Dick, I need cider.

I shall have first call on that mistletoe, Mrs Dewy.

I'll remind you of that when you're full of cider.

- Father.

- Hello, my sonnies!

Seasons greetings!

Come in.

You get yourself in front of that fire, Thomas Leaf.

- A good drop, Reuben?

- Oh, we shall soon see, Robert.

Right, then.

Come in, you get yourself by that fire.

- Fetch us a mug, Suze.

- Yes, Father.

Brace yourselves.



You can tell a lot about a person from their shoes.

Have you met the new school mistress?

Not yet.

She sent her shoe ahead of her for me to fix.

So, what's she like, then, this Miss Day?

You'll find her delicate but robust, neighbours.

Part country girl she once was,

part educated lady she is now.

You do talk some nonsense, Robert Penny.

This shoe has danced

on the marbled floors of Exeter.

Who will she marry, then, my sonnies?

A shoe like that needs a fancy table to go under.

Then Farmer Shinar's your man.

He's been rattling around in that

big house on his own for too long now.

If Shinar's not to her liking,

it'll be Parson Maybold. You mark my words.

The new parson?

I delivered him a great wooden box this very day.

It took four of us to get it

from the cart to the parsonage.

- What was in the box, Reuben?

- He didn't say, and I thought it impolite to ask.

But more than once he glanced from that box

to her lodgings with a gleam in his eye.

'Tis a very small shoe.

The littler the maid, the bigger the riddle.

What do you think, Dick?

I think it's time for singing, sister.


- Wait for me! Wait for me!

Come on, Elias.

- Righto, Spinksy.

- Good man, Elias.

(CLEARS THROAT) All right, boys?

[music] In Bethlehem he was born...


[music] In Bethlehem he was born

[music] For mankind's sake

[music] In Bethlehem he was born

[music] For us that were forlorn

[music] And therefore took no scorn

[music] Our sins to bear [music]

Shut up, will ye!

Can't a man have a quiet night on Christmas Eve?

What's Shinar saying, Father?

I think he wants more.


[music] Give thanks to God always

[music] O thou man, O thou man

[music] Give thanks to God always

[music] Most joyfully

[music] Give thanks to the God always... [music]

That'll teach ye.


Merry Christmas!

Very unseemly. Very.

And he a churchwarden.

Loneliness and a drop of drink,

my sonnies, what did I tell you?

Still, we'll ask him to our party tomorrow night

and put him back in good humour.

I'm a-cold.

A bit more singing, Thomas,

and we'll get some victuals inside you.

Ah. Two birds with one stone.

Miss Day and Parson Maybold.


[music] In Bethlehem he was born

[music] O thou man, O thou man

[music] In Bethlehem he was born

[music] For mankind's sake...

[music] And therefore took no scorn

[music] Our sins to bear

[music] Give thanks to God always

[music] O thou man, O thou man

[music] Give thanks to God always

[music] Most joyfully

[music] Give thanks to God always

[music] Upon this blessed day

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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. He was highly critical of much in Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England. While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author of such novels as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). During his lifetime, Hardy's poetry was acclaimed by younger poets (particularly the Georgians) who viewed him as a mentor. After his death his poems were lauded by Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden and Philip Larkin.Many of his novels concern tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances, and they are often set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex; initially based on the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom, Hardy's Wessex eventually came to include the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Hampshire and much of Berkshire, in southwest and south central England. Two of his novels, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd, were listed in the top 50 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. more…

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