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"Tess" is an exemplification of all the horrors of malignant destiny. By nature its heroine is incarnate goodness: every fibre of her being is pure; and yet, under the stress of circumstances, the compulsion of force and the beguilement of fraud, partly through ignorance, partly through delirium and desperation, she is harassed, degraded, despoiled, plunged into misery, goaded to the insane commission of homicide, and finally is hanged for murder. Show Excerpt accustomed to many eyes. And as each and all of them were warmed without by the sun, so each had a private little sun for her soul to bask in; some dream, some affection, some hobby, at least some remote and distant hope which, though perhaps starving to nothing, still lived on, as hopes will. They were all cheerful, and many of them merry. They came round by The Pure Drop Inn, and were turning out of the high road to pass through a wicket-gate into the meadows, when one of the women said-- "The Load-a-Lord! Why, Tess Durbeyfield, if there isn't thy father riding hwome in a carriage!" A young member of the band turned her head at the exclamation. She was a fine and handsome girl--not handsomer than some others, possibly--but her mobile peony mouth and large innocent eyes added eloquence to colour and shape. She wore a red ribbon in her hair, and was the only one of the white company who could boast of such a pronounced adornment. As she looked round Durbeyfield was seen moving alon
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published on October 1, 1958 by HarperCollins Distribution Services
ISBN-10: 0004215370
ISBN-13: 9780004215372
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  • alicew
    alicewThursday, February 25, 2016 at 5:17 am33 starsFeatured
    Tess of the D'Ubervilles is by the famous writer, Thomas Hardy. This has got to be one of the most depressing books I've ever read, Although the plot was not bad because of all those jaw-dropping events, there isn't really anything in particular that catches my eye. I don't really have a favorite character in this book because I feel like no character in this book is worth trusting. SO many things happened in the book that made me feel the truth of life and how people could change into someone that you don't know anymore. Although I like the author's way of writing. The work choices that he uses are so just heart wrenching sometimes and it just reflects on how the truth of the world is like. At last, I recommend this book to people who are older, I feel like this book is too realistic and it's sometimes harder for teenagers to understand.