On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore or Blackmoor. The pair of legs that carried him were rickety, and there was a bias in his gait which inclined him somewhat to the left of a straight line. He occasionally gave a smart nod, as if in confirmation of some opinion, though he was not thinking of anything in particular. An empty egg-basket was slung upon his arm, the nap of his hat was ruffled, a patch being quite worn away at its brim where his thumb came in taking it off. Presently he was met by an elderly person astride on a gray mare, who, as he rode, hummed a wandering tune.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles is my book for the latest classics spin and it's time to get started. I read the first two chapters and have decided to download the audiobook read by Simon Vance. Read/listen combinations seem to work well for me when it comes to classics these days. What do you think of the intro?
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