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Hardy was born in 1840 in the southwest of Britain Dorset It is isolated and cut off from the rest of the more urban areas of England and it is very rural and agricultural It is this isolated rural Britain where most of his stories are set The Rural Society in Hardys time was split into two clear divisions the higher class and the poor class The high classes were rich landowners that never did any physical work and they employed the poor The poorer class would work hard in the fields doing agricultural work Rhoda Brook was a milkmaid like all the other women on the farm The poorer people would rarely ever travel to the neighbouring village or the closest town we know this because Mrs Crudale clearly states Theres only two places I ever go to from years and to years end thats once a week to Anglebury to do my bit omarketing and once a week to the parish church The rich and the poor led two separate lives the poor were completely ignored by the rich and they cared little about the lifestyle the poor led We know this because Father Lodge in the Withered Arm saw his son walking down the street didnt take any notice of him then when the boy reported back to his mother Rhoda she asked What did he say or do Just same as usual Took no notice of you None Because of this we can see that Father Lodge wanted nothing to do with Rhoda and her son and had no feelings towards his son because he was poor and born from a poor woman When the rich did see the poor they did not treat them like equal adults at times even like school children Hardy shows us this when the Curate finds out Mrs Chundle lied to him and he was affronted by this so he went to tell
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