Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman (Penguin Classics) by Hardy, Thomas ( 2003 ) Paperback
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The story is set in rural Victorian England and centres on a young female protagonist and her troubled life. Tess is brought up in a large improvised household and she is a rather underprivileged though not unhappy girl. The early details of rural life during the summer and the close-knit community in which Tess lives really stands out, Hardy knew how to paint a picture through words. There's a lovely scene of a community dance taking place in the fields. Three middleclass young brothers trekking through the countryside happen to be passing, one stops for a dance, though not with Tess before quickly leaving.
The condition of the family worsens when her father takes to drink and the family horse is killed in an accident. Tess is whisked off to make money for the family by working for a rich distant relation, her mother hopes marriage to a wealthy gentleman might be the answer to all their woes.
Tess’s character when we first meet her is very sweet and honest, both trustworthy and trusting. She is a good daughter to her parents and shares the responsibility of looking after her siblings as the eldest one. She’s described as a big girl, bewitchingly beautiful in a pure rustic kind of way. The ideal kind of femininity back then was for a lady to be small and slight, to wear elegant dresses and basically to stay indoors, you’ll find lots of these in Dickens, Kippling, Doyle and even Austen. Tess doesn’t conform to this model, the female protagonist Hardy created was a subtle challenge for any reader at the time.
Tess quickly catches the attention of Alec D’Uuberville the rich young arrogant bad boy of the neighbourhood.Read more ›