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Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented
The front cover of an 1892 edition of Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented, published by Harper & Bros, NY.
James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co.
Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented , also known as Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman , Tess of the d'Urbervilles or just Tess , is a novel by Thomas Hardy, first published in 1891. It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper, The Graphic . Though now considered an important work of English literature, the book received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual mores of Hardy's day. The original manuscript is on display at the British Library, showing that it was originally titled "Daughter of the d'Urbervilles." In 2003, the novel was listed at number 26 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.Contents[hide]1 Summary of the novel1.1 Phase the First: The Maiden (1-11)1.2 Phase the Second: Maiden No More (12-15)1.3 Phase the Third: The Rally (16-24)1.4 Phase the Fourth: The Consequence (25-34)1.5 Phase the Fifth: The Woman Pays (35-44)1.6 Phase the Sixth: The Convert (45-52)1.7 Phase the Seventh: Fulfilment (53-59)2 Symbolism and themes3 Adaptations3.1 Theatre3.2 Opera3.3 Film4 Notes5 Secondary sources6 External linksSummary of the novelPhase the First: The Maiden (1-11)The novel is set in impoverished rural Wessex during the Long Depression. Tess is the oldest child of John and Joan Durbeyfield, uneducated rural peasants; however, John is given the impression by Parson Tringham that he may have noble blood, since "Durbeyfield" is a corruption of "D'Urberville", the surname of a noble Norman family, now extinct. The news immediately goes to John's head.That same day, Tess participates in the village May Dance, where she meets Angel Clare, youngest son of Reverend James Clare, who is on a walking tour with his two brothers. He stops to join the dance, and partners several other girls. Angel notices Tess too late to dance with her, as he is already late for a promised meeting with his brothers. Tess feels slighted.Tess's father gets too drunk to drive to market that night, so Tess undertakes the journey herself. However, she falls asleep at the reins, and the family's only horse encounters a speeding wagon and is fatally wounded. The blood...