taken a vow to die unmarried but decides to break that vow for angel. ”why do you cry dearest…But this does not seem very much like gladness my Tessy! I mean I cry because I have broken down in my vow! I said I would die unmarried” (Tess of the D’Urbervilles pg 190) Angel really pushes the marriage. Angel and Tess get married and then are open with each other. Angel tells Tess of a folly that involved another woman that he had and she openly forgives him. Tess feels confident that Angel will
forgive her since she forgave him. Angel is in shock, his attitude is anything but forgiving, he tells Tess that she is a different person than the one that he married. He is disgusted by her presence and tells her that “Forgiveness does not apply to the case. You were one person now you are another. How can forgiveness meet such a grotesque prestidigitation as that?”(Tess of the D’Urbervilles pg 228) This second example of the double standard, Angel has had a very similar case as to Tess. Angel’s folly was completely his fault and it was deceitful. Tess was the object of wrongdoing she was the victim not the malefactor. Angel’s perspective of Tess’s so called felony was that it completely changed the women who she was. This event in the book represents the double standard of the nineteenth century with a frighteningly accurate depictionAfter Angel left Tess to go to Brazil, her dad soon died. His death forced Tess and her family to move out of the house since it was leased by their father. Tess then suffered a long bout of poverty. It was hard for her to find work and she need to find a place for her family. Alec D’Urberville returns after a surprised meeting in a church.