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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.

In line 3, the word "engirdled" most nearly means

A

overpopulated.

B

dangerous.

C

infertile.

D

surrounded.