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Group of Noble Dames

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

1. Preface
2. Dame the First: The First Countess of Wessex (part 1)
3. Dame the First: The First Countess of Wessex (part 2)
4. Dame the Second: Barbara of the House of Grebe (part 1)
5. Dame the Second: Barbara of the House of Grebe (part 2)
6. Dame the Third: The Marchioness of Stonehenge
7. Dame the Fourth: Lady Mottisfont
8. Dame the Fifth: The Lady Icenway
9. Dame the Sixth: Squire Petrick's Lady
10. Dame the Seventh: Anna, Lady Baxby
11. Dame the Eighth: The Lady Penelope
12. Dame the Ninth: The Duchess of Hamptonshire
13. Dame the Tenth: The Honourable Laura

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Summary

The pedigrees of our county families, arranged in diagrams on the pages of county histories, mostly appear at first sight to be as barren of any touch of nature as a table of logarithms. But given a clue—the faintest tradition of what went on behind the scenes, and this dryness as of dust may be transformed into a palpitating drama. Out of such pedigrees and supplementary material most of the following stories have arisen and taken shape.