History Literature / TessOfTheDUrbervilles

21st Aug '17 12:21:42 PM FordPrefect
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** This is deeper than it seems. Marrying a deceased wife's sister was considered incest by the more religiously conservative set at the time and because of that was actually ''illegal'' under English law. Angel's choice would be either to abandon the sister and keep her as his mistress (and given that she's a symbol of purity, that's unlikely), or emigrate with her to a country where such a marriage would be legal. Of course, Hardy might have tried to HandWave the situation by having Tess state that marrying her sister, "is nothing. People marry in-laws continually about Marlott."
* SaintlyChurch: Averted by Tess's church, who refuse to bury her innocent baby so that they can keep up appearances. Played more straight for the upper-class, but compassionate Reverend Clare who is raising his church that way, and even the text mentions it was unfortunate Tess encountered the Clares' pompous sons rather than the parents.

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** This is deeper than it seems. Marrying a deceased wife's sister was considered incest by the more religiously conservative set at the time and because of that was actually ''illegal'' under English law. Angel's choice would be either to abandon the sister and keep her as his mistress (and given that she's a symbol of purity, that's unlikely), or emigrate with her to a country where such a marriage would be legal. Of course, Hardy might have tried to HandWave the situation by having Tess state that marrying her sister, sister "is nothing. People marry in-laws continually about Marlott."
* SaintlyChurch: Averted by Tess's church, who refuse to bury her innocent baby so that they can keep up appearances. Played more straight for the upper-class, upper-class but compassionate Reverend Clare who is raising his church that way, and even the text mentions it was unfortunate Tess encountered the Clares' pompous sons rather than the parents.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Tess's mother exploits her beauty in hopes of connection to her rich "relation" Alec who rapes/seduces her and leaves her to suffer in a society that defines by her impurity and promptly blame her for it.

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Tess's mother exploits her beauty in hopes of connection to her rich "relation" Alec who rapes/seduces her and leaves her to suffer in a society that defines her by her impurity and promptly blame her for it.



** Many readers' reaction to Angel's coldhearted, self-righteous rejection of Tess on their wedding night.

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** Many readers' reaction to Angel's coldhearted, cold-hearted, self-righteous rejection of Tess on their wedding night.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Mrs. Durbeyfield, and the rest of the family, is certain that the plot will work out like a Cinderella story, where Alec D'Urberville will fall in love with Tess, and marry her, "making a lady of her" and elevating her family to a genteel position. This was common in other Victorian novels, it even might have happened in [[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173597 a Thomas Hardy poem]], but sadly, they live in a Thomas Hardy ''novel.''

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Mrs. Durbeyfield, Durbeyfield and the rest of the family, is family are certain that the plot will work out like a Cinderella story, where Alec D'Urberville will fall in love with Tess, Tess and marry her, "making a lady of her" and elevating her family to a genteel position. This was common in other Victorian novels, it even might have happened in [[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173597 a Thomas Hardy poem]], but sadly, they live in a Thomas Hardy ''novel.''
21st Aug '17 12:18:18 PM FordPrefect
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* MoralDissonance: Examined with Angel. On their wedding night, after admitting that he had already had consensual sex with someone when he was younger, Angel completely loses it when Tess tell him she was ''raped'' and thinks less of her. So much so that he leaves her. Angel actually acknowledges that Tess "was more sinned against than sinning." It's the fact she's not a virgin that freaks him out and he doesn't even blame her for the rape. This sends him straight into the {{Jerkass}}zone.

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* MoralDissonance: Examined with Angel. On their wedding night, after admitting that he had already had consensual sex with someone when he was younger, Angel completely loses it when Tess tell tells him she was ''raped'' and thinks less of her. So much so that he leaves her. Angel actually acknowledges that Tess "was more sinned against than sinning." It's the fact she's not a virgin that freaks him out and he doesn't even blame her for the rape. This sends him straight into the {{Jerkass}}zone.{{Jerkass}} zone.
21st Aug '17 12:15:23 PM FordPrefect
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* DeathBySex: First, Alec rapes her which dooms her to society and her marriage with Angel. Then the text ''implies'' (and its depicted in TV miniseries and the 1979 film adaptation) that Angel and Tess consummated their marriage during their hideout at a mansion before Tess is taken to be executed.

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* DeathBySex: First, Alec rapes her which dooms her to society and her marriage with Angel. Then the text ''implies'' (and its it's depicted in TV miniseries and the 1979 film adaptation) that Angel and Tess consummated their marriage during their hideout at a mansion before Tess is taken to be executed.
20th Aug '16 1:58:47 PM Give1Take2
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--->'''Peasant Woman:''' Ee-hee-hee! Out of the frying pan and into the fire!

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--->'''Peasant -->'''Peasant Woman:''' Ee-hee-hee! Out of the frying pan and into the fire!



* {{Hypocrite}}: '''Angel'''. He admires "purity" (read: chastity) in others ([[DoubleStandard especially women]]), yet casually (and consensually) gave away his when he was younger. He admits as much to Tess on their wedding night. However, after he admits he's not a virgin and asks for her forgiveness, when she does so and confesses to and asks for the same, he refuses to grant it. He also attempts to take up a mistress, Tess' friend, for Brazil, thus compromising that girl's "purity."

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* {{Hypocrite}}: '''Angel'''. ''Angel''. He admires "purity" (read: chastity) in others ([[DoubleStandard especially women]]), yet casually (and consensually) gave his away his when he was younger. He admits as much to Tess on their wedding night. However, after he when Tess admits he's that she's also not a virgin and asks (due to ''rape'') he dumps her for her forgiveness, when she does so and confesses to and asks for the same, he refuses to grant it. He also attempts to take up a mistress, Tess' friend, for Brazil, thus compromising that girl's "purity."



* [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou I Want You Because I Can't Control You]]: Alec's feelings toward Tess, especially after the rape. Before, it's clear that he just sees her as another conquest. However, after he's "mastered" her, Tess constantly shows no interest in anything further to do with him, and handily resists his efforts to keep her under his thumb; particularly by repeatedly choosing poverty and independence over accepting his strings-attached financial aid. [[spoiler: At least until the very end.]]
--->'''Alec:''' Remember, my lady, I was your master once! I will be your master again. If you are any man's wife, you are mine!

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* [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou I Want You Because I Can't Control You]]: Alec's feelings toward Tess, especially after the rape. Before, it's clear that he just sees her as another conquest. However, after he's "mastered" her, Tess constantly shows no interest in anything further to do with him, and handily resists his efforts to keep her under his thumb; particularly thumb by repeatedly choosing poverty and independence over accepting his strings-attached financial aid. [[spoiler: At least until the very end.]]
--->'''Alec:''' -->'''Alec:''' Remember, my lady, I was your master once! I will be your master again. If you are any man's wife, you are mine!



--->My husband that was is gone away, and never will love me any more; but I love him just the same, and hate all other men, and like to make 'em think scornfully of me!

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--->My -->My husband that was is gone away, and never will love me any more; but I love him just the same, and hate all other men, and like to make 'em think scornfully of me!



--->'''Tess:''' I feel indignant with you for talking to me like this, when you know--when you know [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil what harm you've done me]]! You and those like you take your fill of pleasure on earth by making the life of such as me [[DefiledForever bitter and black with sorrow]]; and then it is a fine thing, when you have had enough of that, to think of securing your pleasure in Heaven by becoming converted!

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--->'''Tess:''' -->'''Tess:''' I feel indignant with you for talking to me like this, when you know--when you know [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil what harm you've done me]]! You and those like you take your fill of pleasure on earth by making the life of such as me [[DefiledForever bitter and black with sorrow]]; and then it is a fine thing, when you have had enough of that, to think of securing your pleasure in Heaven by becoming converted!



* SettleForSibling

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* SettleForSiblingSettleForSibling: Angel to Tess's little sister in the end.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: Tess is often described as seeming and acting much older than she is when she is a teenager. The early narration attributes her physical appearance to a " fullness of growth" that her mother assures her she'll grow into.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Tess is often described as seeming and acting much older than she is when she is a teenager. The early narration attributes her physical appearance to a " fullness "fullness of growth" that her mother assures her she'll grow into.
14th Aug '16 8:21:42 AM Cerys
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** This is deeper than it seems. Marrying a deceased wife's sister was considered incest by the more religiously conservative set at the time and because of that was actually ''illegal'' under English law. Angel's choice would be either to abandon the sister and keep her as his mistress (and given that she's a symbol of purity, that's unlikely), or emigrate with her to a country where such a marriage would be legal. Of course, Hardy might have tried to HandWave the situation by having Tess state that marrying her sister, "is nothing. People marry in-laws continually about Marrott."

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** This is deeper than it seems. Marrying a deceased wife's sister was considered incest by the more religiously conservative set at the time and because of that was actually ''illegal'' under English law. Angel's choice would be either to abandon the sister and keep her as his mistress (and given that she's a symbol of purity, that's unlikely), or emigrate with her to a country where such a marriage would be legal. Of course, Hardy might have tried to HandWave the situation by having Tess state that marrying her sister, "is nothing. People marry in-laws continually about Marrott.Marlott."
13th Jun '16 8:34:37 PM Angeldeb82
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Because of the themes presented in the book, such as religious themes and -- God forbid, an unmarried woman who's not a virgin being presented as ultimately moral and good -- it was controversial in its time. Today, it is hailed as classic literature.

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Because of the themes presented in the book, such as religious themes and -- and, God forbid, an unmarried woman who's not a virgin being presented as ultimately moral and good -- it was controversial in its time. Today, it is hailed as classic literature.
28th Sep '15 1:48:52 AM WillBGood
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* CreatorBreakdown

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22nd Aug '15 12:13:37 AM Give1Take2
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* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home after dark after a festival, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's traveling with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided avoids him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home from a festival after dark after a festival, dark, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's traveling walking with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]



* SerialRapist: What Alec is implied to be, based on a comment by one of the peasant women when he rides Tess into the woods.

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* SerialRapist: What Alec is implied to be, based on a comment by one of the peasant women when he rides with Tess into the woods.



** Many readers reaction to Angel's coldhearted, self-righteous rejection of Tess on their wedding night.

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** Many readers readers' reaction to Angel's coldhearted, self-righteous rejection of Tess on their wedding night.
10th Jul '15 11:36:00 PM vifetoile
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Added DiffLines:

* WrongGenreSavvy: Mrs. Durbeyfield, and the rest of the family, is certain that the plot will work out like a Cinderella story, where Alec D'Urberville will fall in love with Tess, and marry her, "making a lady of her" and elevating her family to a genteel position. This was common in other Victorian novels, it even might have happened in [[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173597 a Thomas Hardy poem]], but sadly, they live in a Thomas Hardy ''novel.''
10th Jun '15 7:48:00 AM Give1Take2
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* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Tess's mother is not happy when she comes home from the d'Urberville estate not only unmarried, but [[DefiledForever deflowered]]. Tess counters that she never taught her about sex, let alone how to recognize or protect herself against unwanted sexual advances. Her mother is quickly subdued.

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* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Tess's mother is not happy when she comes [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming chides her]] for coming home from the d'Urberville estate not only unmarried, but [[DefiledForever deflowered]]. Tess counters that she never taught her about sex, let alone how to recognize or protect herself against unwanted sexual advances. Her mother is quickly subdued.



* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home after dark after a festival, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's walking with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home after dark after a festival, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's walking traveling with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]
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