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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 is the purpose of this passage?

A

To create a sense of foreboding about events that will happen later in the novel.

B

To provide information about the geography and cultural history of the village of Marlott.

C

To introduce the reader to the main characters in the novel.

D

To give some insight into the changing seasons and farm culture of the village of Marlott.