Phase the First: The Maiden, Chapters 1–4: Summary and Analysis

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Parson Tringham: a parson who studies ancient English history

John Durbeyfield: a country peddler, inclined neither to seriousness nor hard work

Tess Durbeyfield: a beautiful country girl, “a mere vessel of emotion untinctured by experience”

The club-women of Marlott: a group of local women enjoying a ritual May-Day dance

Joan Durbeyfield: Tess’s mother, superstitious and eager for escape from her daily grind

Abraham Durbeyfield: Tess’s younger brother

Eliza-Louisa Durbeyfield: Tess’s younger sister, nicknamed Liza–Lu

Mrs. Rolliver: the proprietor of a local alehouse

Angel, Cuthbert, and Felix:...

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