Thomas Hardy is criminally underrated. Probably to do with the cleverness of his writing style, which in this instance I feel has become too clever to comprehend. I am reading Two on a Tower, and to provide context for this quote, the novel revolves around a landowner, Lady Constantine, who has fallen in love with her decade-younger 'social inferior'. He is an astronomer who was rushing to have his latest discovery report published. Upon delivering it he receives the latest issue of a scientific journal in which he finds out that someone else beat him to it, and the discovery is no longer his own. In a fit of fury he lies face-down in the rain and passes out, leading to his grave illness. A paragraph describes how everyone was anticipating the announcement of his death, and it is followed by: From "Too many maimed..." onwards has left me confused. Can someone explain this in more accessible language?