Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D’Urbervilles


Hardy, Thomas


Thomas Hardy was an English poet and novelist. He was born on 2nd June 1840 at Stinsford, United Kingdom and died on 11th January 1928 in Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom.


There is a poor family which thinks they are related to a rich family D’urbervilles. To get money they send Tess to their house but Alec D’urberville likes Tess on their first meeting and gets her a job. He rapes her one night after which she is pregnant with Alec’s baby which dies after it is born. Tess begins working at a dairy farm where she meets Angel Clare who seems to know her since long. They both fall in love and he asks for her hand in marriage.

After saying yes to him, they marry but agree to confess their sins only after the marriage. She confesses that Alec had raped her and he confesses that he had sex with a woman older to him. Angel is very mad at Tess and tells her to go away till he comes and gets her. Later Angel works as farmer in Brazil and Tess works on a dairy farm. When Tess goes visiting Angel’s family she hears that his brothers are discussing the bad marriage. Here she meets Alec who has taken up priesthood. He quits priesthood to restart his abusive relationship with Tess. Tess goes home after she finds that her mother is ill. Her dad dies and the mother gets well and the family moves. When Angel returns from Brazil home he forgives Tess on finding her. She runs off with Angel after killing Alec. Tess is put into prison and awarded death penalty.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles