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Elderly May-Day Dancers

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The following excerpt is from a novel set in England in the late 19th century.

Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D'Urbervilles : A Pure Woman. New York: Harper & Bros., 1892. HathiTrust Digital Library. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

What can be inferred about the elderly women participating in the May-Day dance based on lines 78-84?

A

They are the most skilled at performing the May-Day dance.

B

They refuse to participate because the village is evolving too quickly.

C

Only unmarried older women participate in the dance.

D

They seem out of place as they take part in such a lively tradition.