Tess of the D’UrbervillesStudy Questions1.What are your impressions of Tess’ home life? What are her parents like?Tess comes from a poor family where she is the oldest of seven children. Her father (John) is a helpless drunk haggler who is barely, if at all, able to provide ends meet for his family. His “profession” is the middleman between a vegetable wholesalers and retailers. Her mother (Joan) attempts to raise her several children but being immature herself fallsshort of success. She also being somewhat conniving encourages her daughter to gain kin ship of a wealthy man to gain his favor for the family, but poorly advises her daughteron how to protect herself from the dangers on men’s lust. 2.What does Tess’ father learn from the parson? How does D’Urbeyfield react?The Durbeyfields are descended from the once famous d'Urbervilles, a wealthy family dating back to the time of William the Conqueror. Tess’s father, feeling a rush of superiority, hurries home to tell his family of the good news.3.How does Tess feel about seeing her father at the May Day dance? Why?She finds him embarrassing because he is acting ridiculously and appears to be drunk earlyin the day. 4.Does Angel notice Tess? Does she notice him? Why does Tess grow sad and lose her spirit to dance for several minutes?Angel does not notice her initially but does as he leaves the dance.Tess also notices Angel and loses her spirit because she wishes that he had danced with her before he left in hurry.5.What is Tess like?Tess is a kind, well-meaning, and beautiful girl, who is nearly irresistible to men. However, being innocent and uneducated she fall prey to the cruelty of this world. 6.Why are Tess and Abraham sent to the market? Why don’t their parents go?Tess and Abraham are sent to market to deliver the beehives. Their parents don’t go because they had too much to drink the night before and are impaired 7.Why do Tess’ parents send her to stay with the D’Urbervilles in Trantidge? Why doesn’t Tess object?
They send her to claim kinship and hopefully gain the favor of the wealthy family. Tess
initially objected but after feeling responsible for the family horse’s death she feels as
though this is how she can make up for her short comings.