Chapters 1, 2, and 3
• Charles Smithson and his fiancee, Ernestina Freeman, walk along an embankment called The Cobb arching into Lyme Bay in southwestern England.
• They see the dark figure of a woman leaning against a cannon staring out to sea.
• Ernestina says that the woman is called Tragedy by some and the French Lieutenant's Whore by others in the village.
• Charles, concerned for the woman's safety, approaches her but gets only a cold stare in return for his solicitation.
• Later that day, Charles returns to his rooms at the White Lion hotel.
• Alone, he takes stock of his life in view of his pending marriage.
• Charles thinks about his age and experiences with travel and leisure up to this point.
• Charles is also described as lazy with his choice of vocation of a geologist. Nonetheless, his inheritance provides income, while the study of rocks just helps to fill...
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