- Phase 1 - Chapter 1
- On his way home from haggling, a peddler named John Durbeyfield meets Parson Tringham, who surprises Durbeyfield by addressing him as “Sir John.”
- The parson then reveals his recent discovery that the Durbeyfields are descended from the ancient, knightly d'Urberville family, which has since fallen from prominence and gone extinct.
- Durbeyfield is flattered and amazed by this information.
- After the parson leaves, Durbeyfield boasts to a boy from town about his lineage and sends for a carriage to take him the rest of the way home.
- The pair of legs that carried him were rickety, and there was a bias in his gait
- Empty egg-basket
- "And here have I been knocking about...as if I was no more than the commonest feller in the parish..."
- "how the mighty are fallen"
- Durbeyfield lay waiting on the grass and daisies in the evening sun. Not a soul passed that way for a long while...
- Social Criticism
- Jack Durbeyfield
- Parson Tringham
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