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    far from the madding crowd

    We need a quiet holiday, far from the madding crowd.

    Does the phrase far from the madding crowd describe the holiday? Is comma necessary in this sentence?

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    Re: far from the madding crowd

    To have a 'holiday far from the madding crowd' is to have a quiet retreat in a rural place.

    The comma is not required.

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    Re: far from the madding crowd

    "Maddening," I would expect.

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    Re: far from the madding crowd

    It is 'madding', from the name of a novel by Thomas Hardy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_from_the_Madding_Crowd

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    Re: far from the madding crowd

    'Madding' is an archaic word for 'frenzied' here.

    Hardy took his title from a line in Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751):

    'Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife ...'

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