Along with Jane Eyre, there was another high-literature, Classical-influenced chamber musical in the 1999/2000 season, one that is less well-remembered but no less laudable. This show rather resembles a cross between Passion and A Little Night Music. The book, based on a Thomas Hardy story, is complex, nuanced and dramatic enough to have held up in a straight play. Even the characters who in any other show would have been one-dimensional, like the boring, rich husband or the cad boyfriend, are fully fleshed out into actual human beings. The lyrics are literate and sophisticated, and the music is ravishing and complex, one of the finest of the post-Sondheim avant-garde scores. Particularly attractive are the thrilling opening, “The World At My Window”, the lovely recurring theme that represents the letters, “Beloved”, the nuanced, guarded duet “A Spot of Tea”, and the devastating confrontation duet “There’s a Woman/What Is Real”. This show was a memorable bright spot in a season that was not notable for them, and as such it deserves to be much better known that it is, and is a highly recommended title.