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The belief that the order of things is already decided and that peoples lives are determined by this greater power is called fate Many people called fatalists believe in this and that they have no power in determining their futures Despite this many others believe that coincidence is the only explanation for the way their lives and others turn out Thomas Hardy portrays chance and coincidence as having very significant roles in Tess of the dUrbervilles continuously Three such coincidences were quite influential and had large effects on Tesss future The first being that Tess Durbeyfields father discovered that their family came from the oldest and at one time most wealthiest family in England Another event that occurs by mere chance in Tesss life is when Tess slips a letter of confession underneath both her lovers door and by accident the carpet where he could not see it The final coincidence would be the death of Tesss father which not only leaves Tess in a state of deprivation but also the rest of her family including her mother and six siblings All of these coincidences had consequences that would change Tesss lifeFor the first sixteen years of her life Tess Durbeyfield and her family lived in a middle-class-like situation in the town of Marlott Since her father was a life-holder on the cottage in which they lived his rank was above the farm laborers However John Durbeyfield is not in good health when we meet him and he does not put much interest in working and instead spends time drinking Upon returning to his home one evening Durbeyfield meets a man named Parson Tringham who tells him that the Durbeyfield family is the lineal representative of the ancient and knightly family of the dUrbervilles who came from Normandy with William the Conquerorp 18 This news suddenly changes Durbeyfields view on his familys lifestyle and he decides that they should be living as
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