Hardy's Helpful Wife "an encyclopedia in petticoats"
Hardy's Helpful Wife. Thomas Hardy, author of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles," has found In his wife a literary "helpmeet" almost as gifted as himself. Many of his earlier novels she recopied and dispatched to the publishers, and there is no novel which des not bear some trace of her literary judgment Mrs. Hardy keeps constantly in touch with the literature of the day. and her husband vows that she Is an encyclopedia in petticoats. She Is also a clever artist and has painted many pictures In Illustration of her husband's novels.