Paul's Corner: Far From the Madding Crowd
Before you see the movie, read the book!
"The Weatherbury bees were late in their swarming this year. It was in the latter part of June, and the day after the interview with Troy in the hayfield, that Bathsheba was standing in her garden, watching a swarm in the air and guessing their probable settling place. Not only were they late this year, but unruly. Sometimes throughout a whole season all the swarms would alight on the lowest attainable bough--such as part of a current-bush or espalier apple-tree: next year they would, with just the same unanimity, make straight off to the uppermost member of some small, gaunt costard or quarrenden, and there defy all invaders who did not come armed with ladders and staves to take them down." -- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy