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followed her instincts she would have saved herself from the cruel At the beginning of the chapter Hardy foreshadows that fate will not be kind to Tess He states that she was leaving Marlott the Green Valley of her birth and moving towards an unknown grey On reaching her destination Tess is shocked to discover that Mrs DUrberville is blind She also finds the elderly woman to be cold and uncaring towards her Tess learns from her that in addition to tending the Trantridge fowl she is to whistle for the bullfinches every morning Alec seizes this opportunity to teach Tess how to whistle and encourages her to practice He tries to find reasons to spend time with her Tess tries to ignore him and settles into her The reader is introduced to the DUrberville house which Tess judges to be a bit unruly She is shocked to find that Mrs DUrberville is blind and too naive to realize that the elderly woman knows nothing about who Tess is She thinks that the womans indifference to her is simply due to her wealth Alec has obviously not explained anything to his mother but he delights in calling Tess cousin when they are alone In spite of Alecs all too frequent presence Tess settles into her new routine and is happy Chaseborough is a market town where the villagers go to shop particularly on Saturdays For a long time Tess does not go to Chaseborough however she finds her first trip there so enjoyable that she begins to visit regularly On one of her visits in September she discovers that Chaseborough is having a fair She does her usual marketing and then searches for somebody with whom to walk back home Her co-workers however are engaged in drinking dancing and merry making While she waits for them Alec comes by and offers to give her a ride Since she does not really trust him she refuses
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