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Jude's father and Sue's mother were siblings. The Aunt who raised Jude was his maiden great-aunt. You might have missed it, but the very first mention of Sue, long before she became a major character, was way back in Chapter 2 when Jude's Aunt Drusilla mentioned her as his cousin: “I’m sure he couldn’t ha’ took a better one. The boy is crazy for books, that ...


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Neither Rhoda nor Gertrude is presented entirely negatively. Nor is either presented entirely positively. All Hardy's characters are fully drawn individuals who, like most people in real life, are a mixture of good and bad. Rhoda, for instance, is portrayed sympathetically as the jilted woman. Farmer Lodge has fathered her child but refused to marry her. She ...


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