She is beautiful and irresistible to men.
Meanwhile, Tess, his eldest daughter, joins the other village girls in the May Day dance, where Tess briefly exchanges glances with a young man.
Finally, Alec takes advantage of her in the woods one night after a fair. Tess knows she does not love Alec. Sorrow dies soon after he is born, and Tess spends a miserable year at home before deciding to seek work elsewhere.
She finally accepts a job as a milkmaid at the Talbothays Dairy. At Talbothays, Tess enjoys a period of contentment and happiness. She befriends three of her fellow milkmaids—Izz, Retty, and Marian—and meets a man named Angel Clare, who turns out to be the man from the May Day dance at the beginning of the novel.
Tess and Angel slowly fall in love. Still, she is troubled by pangs of conscience and feels she should tell Angel about her past. She writes him a confessional note and slips it under his door, but it slides under the carpet and Angel never sees it. After their wedding, Angel and Tess both confess indiscretions: Angel tells Tess about an affair he had with an older woman in London, and Tess tells Angel about her history with Alec.
Tess forgives Angel, but Angel cannot forgive Tess. He gives her some money and boards a ship bound for Brazil, where he thinks he might establish a farm. He tells Tess he will try to accept her past but warns her not to try to join him until he comes for her.
She has a difficult time finding work and is forced to take a job at an unpleasant and unprosperous farm. Alec and Tess are each shaken by their encounter, and Alec appallingly begs Tess never to tempt him again.
Soon after, however, he again begs Tess to marry him, having turned his back on his -religious ways. Tess learns from her sister Liza-Lu that her mother is near death, and Tess is forced to return home to take care of her.
Her mother recovers, but her father unexpectedly dies soon after. When the family is evicted from their home, Alec offers help. But Tess refuses to accept, knowing he only wants to obligate her to him again.
At last, Angel decides to forgive his wife. He leaves Brazil, desperate to find her. Instead, he finds her mother, who tells him Tess has gone to a village called Sandbourne.
There, he finds Tess in an expensive boardinghouse called The Herons, where he tells her he has forgiven her and begs her to take him back. Tess tells him he has come too late. Angel leaves in a daze, and, heartbroken to the point of madness, Tess goes upstairs and stabs her lover to death.
Angel agrees to help Tess, though he cannot quite believe that she has actually murdered Alec. They hide out in an empty mansion for a few days, then travel farther.
When they come to Stonehenge, Tess goes to sleep, but when morning breaks shortly thereafter, a search party discovers them. Tess is arrested and sent to jail.Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in , then in book form in three volumes in , and as a single volume in Thomas Hardy was born June 2, , in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, England, not far from the principal settings of Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
He was the eldest of four children. He was the. Tess of the d’Urbervilles is the most successful novel of Thomas Hardy, which plays an irreplaceable part in the literature world. Study on the novel is still developing in trends. 3. Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - review Tess Durbeyfield is the main character in the book and you see her grow as a person over several years.
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Plot Overview. The poor peddler John Durbeyfield is stunned to learn that he is the descendent of an ancient noble family, the d’Urbervilles. Meanwhile, Tess, his eldest daughter, joins the other village girls in the May Day dance, where Tess briefly exchanges glances with a young man.
Mr. Durbeyfield and his wife decide to send Tess to the d’Urberville mansion, where they hope Mrs. d. Her father learns in the first chapter that he is the last lineal descendent of the D'Urbervilles—one of the oldest, most aristocratic, families in all of England.
He foolishly assumes that his aristocratic heritage .