Out riding today I noticed this memorial, which has appeared since I last rode by this spot. It's a fine modern interpretation of a celtic cross, made using stone, glass and steel. It looks as if it is intended to be moved to a permanent location. Or perhaps it will gain a plinth here? And a plaque telling us whose life is commemorated.
For now it stands just south of the village Thomas Hardy set as Marygreen. But I doubt whether the cross was made for Jude the Obscure. He was a stonemason and a lettered man who deserves words. And hardly anyone wants to remember him, an awkward conflicted man in contrast to the broad simple hills. The hills, after all, remind us of nature, of that which is spiritual and even divine. But proud unfortunate Jude turns the mirror upon the darkness that lurks inside each of us.