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CHAPTER 1 The novel begins with John Durbeyfield the poor and lazy father of Tess walking towards his home in Marlott He is greeted by the elderly parson Trigham and is addressed as Sir John He is very excited to learn from the parson that his ancestors came from the elite family of DUrbervilles He takes this revelation seriously ignoring the information that the family no longer has fame or wealth and demands to be called Sir Feeling aristocratic John also orders a carriage to take him home Notes The first chapter introduces the readers to John a poor lazy peddler who begins to act crazily when he learns that he is descended from an elite family Hardy foreshadows in this opening chapter that things will change for the Durbeyfields to whom Tess belongs as a result of the DUrbervilles to whom Alec belongs Unfortunately the change is not a positive one as John expects but a tragic one that destroys the life of an innocent young lady Hardy in depicting Johns behavior in this chapter is poking fun at human beings who hear what they want to hear and act crazily when they try to be something that they really are not CHAPTER 2 In the village of Marlott preparations are being made for the May- Day Dance which is about to begin Every girl in this dance is to wear a white dress and carry a peeled willow wand in her right hand and a bunch of white flowers in her left hand Johns daughter Tess is a participant in the dance Angel Clare who comes to the dance as he passes through the village with his two brothers regrets that he has not chosen Tess who is quite pretty
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