Tess of the d’Urbervilles | Study Guide

Thomas Hardy

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Phase the First, Chapters 1–3 Jack Durbeyfield, drunk and walking home, meets Parson Tringham along the road. The parson greets him as "Sir John." W... Read More
Phase the First, Chapters 4–5 At the pub the Durbeyfields are discussing the idea of sending Tess to meet their newly discovered relation, the rich ... Read More
Phase the First, Chapters 6–7 Tess travels back home, suddenly aware of the "spectacle she presented" with roses in her hat and bosom. On Tess's ret... Read More
Phase the First, Chapters 8–9 Alec is a reckless driver, insisting Tess hold onto him "round the waist" as they careen down a hill. At the second hi... Read More
Phase the First, Chapters 10–11 Eventually Tess joins the local workers in going into Chaseborough every Saturday night. This routine continues for "a... Read More
Phase the Second, Chapters 12–13 A month later after the attack, Tess leaves Trantridge and her job at the d'Urberville home. Alec overtakes her, asks ... Read More
Phase the Second, Chapters 14–15 The narrator describes the landscape, the fields, and the work of harvesting corn with a threshing machine. Tess is in... Read More
Phase the Third, Chapters 16–18 "Between two and three years" after her return home, Tess, now 20, leaves again. Her journey through the landscape is ... Read More
Phase the Third, Chapters 19–21 The narrator explains that although cows have preferences in milkmaids, Dairyman Crick objects to such favoritism, but... Read More
Phase the Third, Chapters 22–24 Dairyman Crick has received a letter in which a customer complains the butter has a tang, which he determines to be a ... Read More
Phase the Fourth, Chapters 25–26 Angel returns to see his family, and the narrator recounts the Clare family history. While at his parents' home, Angel... Read More
Phase the Fourth, Chapters 27–29 Angel returns to the dairy where he sees Tess just waking from a nap. He is fervent in his admiration. He entreats her... Read More
Phase the Fourth, Chapters 30–31 The drive to the station begins in silence. The milk jugs clatter, and Angel periodically plucks ripe berries for Tess... Read More
Phase the Fourth, Chapters 32–34 As Angel continues to press for a wedding date, Tess agrees to marry him on the last day of the year. However, on a Su... Read More
Phase the Fifth, Chapters 35–36 After Tess finishes her revelations, Angel stands and stirs the fire. He is shaken. He acknowledges she has tried to t... Read More
Phase the Fifth, Chapters 37–38 Shortly after one o'clock Tess hears a sound. Angel is sleepwalking. He comes into the room, wraps her in the sheet as... Read More
Phase the Fifth, Chapters 39–41 Angel goes to his parents' house three weeks after the wedding. He has decided to go to Brazil, and he tells them Tess... Read More
Phase the Fifth, Chapters 42–44 Tess travels to Chalk-Newton. At an inn she is made uncomfortable by men commenting on her good looks—including the ma... Read More
Phase the Sixth, Chapters 45–47 Alec pursues Tess, who is startled by the encounter and his changed appearance. Tess has not seen him since leaving Tr... Read More
Phase the Sixth, Chapters 48–49 The work continues, and afterward Alec offers to take care of Tess's family too. She is weakened by his offer, suggest... Read More
Phase the Sixth, Chapters 50–52 Tess tends her parents' farm; her father's "illness" is implied to be the same as ever: drink and laziness. Joan begin... Read More
Phase the Seventh, Chapters 53–54 Haggard and skeletal, Angel returns to his parents' house and asks if there are any letters. They give him the last le... Read More
Phase the Seventh, Chapters 55–56 Angel is surprised when he finds Tess in a wealthy area of Sandbourne, a resort town on the English Channel. When he f... Read More
Phase the Seventh, Chapters 57–59 Angel, in shock, goes to his hotel, where he receives a note informing him his brother Cuthbert will marry Mercy Chant... Read More
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