Unpracticed

The bailiff who showed this nervous dread of loving his neighbor as himself, went up the hill, and Oak walked on to the village, still astonished at the rencounter with Bathsheba, glad of his nearness to her, and perplexed at the rapidity with which the unpractised girl of Norcombe had developed into the supervising and cool woman here. But some women only require an emergency to make them fit for one.

– Thomas Hardy Far from the madding crowd

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