In this classic novel “Tess of the D’urbervilles” The story of a peasant woman unfolds into a series of terrific events that can only best be described as fantastic. What really caught my attention in this story, was the fact that it was based on a perfectly reasonable happenings, especially to the date that the novel was written. Lots of morals in the book also apply to present day thinking and reasoning. It seems that basic principals have not changed all that much over the last hundred years. The fact that none of this would respectfully come to light if the past of the family “Derbeyfield” had not been placed out before “Sir John.” The novels entire plot is based around the fact that this peasant family is of a noble line, and is so old in fact, it is on its way to starting a new family entirely. If not for the unveiling of this past name, then Tess would have never visited the so-called D’urberville.
If this had never happened, she would have never been taken advantage of, plagued with the memory of it because she grew heavy with child, and certainly would not have let Trantridge. Save out this one event from the story, and Tess’ extraordinary life would have been reduced to nothing more than the ordinary journey of a country girl, through ordinary events, that would not have even kept a reader occupied. After Tess’ child dies, she moves along in life, out of Trantridge, her decision to never marry or be involved in anything of the sort is promptly put to the test. Although she isn’t directly confronted for sometime, she, like all the other dairy workers at Talbothay’s Dairy were destined to fall in love with one man.
Centennial The story of Centennial constitutes the saying, "the winning of the West." This story is of the land and the Indians who inhabited it and of the people of many nations who came to drive them out. Centennial is based solidly on the facts of history, but history is only the background. The real story is that of the people; Indians, trappers, traders, adventurers, explorers, gold-seekers, ...
It seems that Tess’s imple grace and manor interests this man in Tess over all the other Maids. It is not until many denials, many special moments, and many a talking to that Tess finally admits her love openly, and agrees to marry Angel Clare (who happens to be the man from the Dance some year before) After all of this occurs, the girls who worked around Tess and Angel all go through significant changes. Iz narrowly escapes running off to Brazil with Angel, after she slips, and tells him how much she (Tess) loved him. Angel then gets an attack of conscience.
Mair an turns to drinking and of course, there is the untimely suicide of Re tty. All of these events cumulate in Tess’ mind, and the fact, that she hid her past life until she was already married, a mistake which she tried to correct with a letter, but the venture failed when the letter became hidden under a rug. What a horrible thing to happen, perhaps even if Tess had confessed Angel she tried to tell him though letter, the entire novel would have been changed. Angel finds contempt with Tess, despite her rejoicing that their sins were the same.
That night, on their honeymoon, all was in a fluster. A part of the novel that stood out in my mind, is when Angel walks with Tess to where the old monastery is, and walks the narrow footbridge, almost as if balancing between life and death. Tess just left herself completely in Angel’s hands. She never tells him of the even for sometime to pass. Angel’s decision to leave Tess for Brazil and to call her when needed, when forgiveness feels justified in him, when her dues are paid.
His decision, Tess respects, but is left somewhat in a disillusion, snapping her to the harsh reality that is outside of her loving fantasy dream. Tess’s tubbornness to go to Angels Father for needs, leads her to spending the money he left her on her family and then being left with not much left. She is then forced, well not forced, but somehow pushed, by events, that cause her to wind up at a low class farm, by the name of Flint comb-Ash. Here the wages are poor, and she is worked like a Dog, letting pride get in her way.
The poor peddler John Durbeyfield is stunned to learn that he is the descendent of an ancient noble family, the d'Urbervilles. He and his wife decide to send their oldest daughter, Tess, to the d'Urberville mansion, where they hope Mrs. d'Urberville will make her fortune. In reality, Mrs. d'Urberville is no relation to Tess at all; her husband, the merchant Simon Stokes, simply changed his name to ...
Finally, she goes to visit the family of Angel, some great distance from where she is presently. Tess has been concealing the fact of her and her husbands true arrangement for quite some time, as well has Angel. Tess overhearing the talk of her though led to her leaving, without her boots, haha, kinda funny eh? On the way back, her run into Alec’ very much so upset me, especially in the way he made her promise on the sight marking a bad thing, he called it a blessed place. His constant agitation of her, and his consistency of finding her, and mudslinging her husband, causes her to fall into his spell again, at least that is her excuse when Angel finally comes to his senses and searches for her. Angel does not receive all of Tess letters until his return, looking sickly, not taking time to fully recover looks for her frantically, searching her down as if he were a detective.
When he finally finds her, re-married and in a sea side setting, he is broken, broken by the way she rejects him, though he knows he deserves it once he has seen how she suffered (and after how his traveling companion in South America scolded him for his actions involving his decision with Tess) The moving of Tess’ family is tragic, and the fact that Alec pays up some of their debts makes it even more so. No rooms are there for the family to stay in for sometime, and everything in the entire world seems to melt into a void of sorrowful and tragic events. Tess then Blames all of the evilness in her life on D’urberville, the sham. She murders him with a knife, and chases down her beloved Angel.
To his surprise she tells him what has just occurred. He is not sure if he is to take her literally though, until it really sets in. The couple concludes their long anticipated honeymoon, in a shack, one they wish to never leave, but life outside the shack goes on, and so does the hunt for her. The old lady discovers them, but they are let alone on account of their docile appearance. Tess and Angel continue to run after a several day rest in moderate seclusion. , and in the shadow of Stone Hedge Tess gives her last wishes, that Angel might learn to love her sister, who is growing up so well, and is just as her, except she is pure, not turned by the worlds bitterness.
Thomas Hardy, who believed that we are all in the inescapable hands of fate, thrives on hap throughout Tess of the durberville. Through this characteristic, Hardy is able to develop the heroine of the novel, Tess Durbeyfield. Hap plays a role in fate, coincidence, bad luck, and accidents throughout the novel. Hardy begins the novel with early distinctions of fate. When Angel Clare, who is briefly ...
Tess knows her time is at an end, and the story ends then, with the picture of Angel and Liza-Lu watching the flag that tells of the Death, of Tess of the D’urbervilles. -Page 357- “I would be content, aye, glad to live with you as your servant if I may not as your wife.”.