In Chapter I we left off with me thinking Sir John was a prick.
Chapter two starts out with a 3 page description of the Village Marlott, located 4 hours from London. It’s surrounded by hills (which provide the best viewing location of the village) and a ridge on one side. Everything after that was written in a little too much flowery old English for me to absorb. But, It sounds like a pretty place.
We find out that it is May and the May-Day dance is going on. This is a girls club event where the girls dress in white and go for a walk, then they have a dance with each other and then the men come from work and dance with the ladies. How very 1800’s. I’m guessing the age range is mid to late teen.
Oh, and we meet Tess. It seems that the ladies on their walk pass Sir John in his carriage. It turns out that Sir John is Tess’ father. He seems to still be talking about how important he is with his new title of Sir. Tess is embarrassed and tries to play it off. When one of the girls continues to tease about Sir John, Tess speaks up for herself and everyone backs off. My first impression of Tess is that she’s smarter then her father and more importantly, she seems to be respected by her peers.
During the dancing who do you think shows up? Of course, 3 brothers from an upper class. The youngest being Angel, who decided to stay for a dance, which he regrets because it isn’t with Tess. As he leaves he catches Tess’ eye and thinks about her and describes her as “modest, expressive and soft.” So wonderful that he manages to forget about her as he runs to catch up with his brothers. Jerk!