He refuses to forgive her: “‘Oh, Tess, forgiveness does not apply to thecase! You were one person; now you are another. My God — how canforgiveness meet such a grotesque — prestidigitation as that’” (229).Anyone with his heart in the right place would see that Tess wasembarrassed about her past and that her rape was not her fault. Angel, withhis blurred view of reality, does not have the morality to accept that Tessshould be forgiven and loved even more for her sadness. Both Angel andAlec’s distorted morals ruin Tess both mentally and physically.Angel and Alec both have a similar selfishness. Both of these types ofselfishness end up hurting Tess in the end. Alec is selfish because he wantsTess for himself, even though she does not want to be with him. When herapes her, he is being selfish. Whenever Alec was around Tess, he did thingsfor his own desires and disregarded Tess’ feelings. After he rapes Tess, heasks her for one more kiss and is shocked that she does not willingly kiss
him. “‘You don’t give me your mouth and kiss back. You never willingly dothat — you’ll never love me, I fear’” (77). It is completely inappropriate andself-centered that Alec would expect that the woman he raped would lovehim ever again. Angel is also selfish when it comes to Tess’ love. He doesnot care about Tess’ feelings when he separates from her. Instead, he onlycares about his own concerns. “‘I cannot,’ he said, ‘without despising myself,and what is worse, perhaps, despising you. I mean, of course, cannot livewith you in the ordinary sense’” (244). Angel is obviously being selfishbecause he does not want to live with Tess anymore because she is not whohe thought she was. If he was not so self-centered, he would realize thatTess’ rape was affecting her mentally more than it was affecting him. Hisselfishness in leaving her makes Tess more and more depressed. Alec andAngel, both being so self-centered, take actions that hurt Tess.One of the main differences between Angel and Alec is the nature oftheir love for Tess. Alec loves Tess purely for a sexual purpose. He does notintend to love her as a person, only for her pretty face. “This dressing her upso prettily by her mother had apparently been to lamentable purpose” (51).