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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?


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


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


Only unmarried older women participate in the dance.


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

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