A couple of hours later，however，he was woken by the movement of the cart. It was being driven towards Weather－bury by two farm workers，who had not noticed Gabriel. He listened to their conversation
eg: The captain came ashore and joined our conversation.
‘She's a handsome woman，that's true，’said one，‘but proud too！And very vain，that's what people say！’
eg: Her modesty is put on; at heart she is very vain.
‘Oh，if she's vain，Billy Smallbury，I'll never be able to look at her！I'm such a shy man，as you know！’said the other. ‘A single woman，and vain！And does she pay her farm workers well？’
‘I don't know about that，Joseph Poorgrass. ’
Gabriel thought they could be talking about Bathsheba，except that the woman they were discussing seemed to be the mistress of a farm. As the cart was now quite near Weather－bury，Gabriel jumped out，unseen by the two men. He climbed
a gate into a field，intending to sleep for the rest of the night under a hay－rick，but then he noticed an unusual light in the darkness，about half a mile away. Something was on fire.
eg: The old lady climbed up the stairs with difficulty.
on fire 着火、起火
eg: All the houses are on fire.