Tess of the D'Urberville Notes and Quotes

Topics: Alec Issigonis, The Reader, Guardian angel Pages: 7 (2787 words) Published: November 27, 2011
Phase the First: The Maiden
1) “‘Do you, do you? That’s the secret- that’s the secret! Now obey my orders, and take the message I’m going to charge ‘ee ei’… Well, Fred, I don’t mind telling you that the secret is that I’m one of a noble race- it has been just found out by me this present afternoon, P.M.’ (14).” -Here Hardy shows that Jon Durbeyfield is very susceptible to anything. He believes in everything that people tell him with out doing his research to see if his so called lineage is even true. By John acting so superior toward other people, by saying “obey my orders” he is letting the reader know that every time that he may seem ahead in life he acts superior to others; maybe that this is how Hardy will portray other characters in the book, superior when they have the power.

2) “‘Abraham,’ she said to her little brother ‘do you put on you hat-you bain’t afraid?- and go up to Rolliver’s, and see what has gone wi’ father and mother’ (31).” -Hardy is letting people see how Tess is acting as the mother figure here. She isn’t only preparing her little brother to go out into the cold she is sending him out to go get their mom and dad. Hardy gives Tess that feeling of responsibility because every time there is something to be done with the family, Tess takes it upon herself that she needs to fix it for her family. In fact Hardy could be presenting a sign an early theme in the novel that Tess always picks up the slack for her family and noticing Hardy’s tone it seems that this isn’t a new thing for Tess.

3) “Darkness and silence ruled everywhere around. Above them rose the primeval yews and oaks of The Chase, in which were poised gentle roosting birds in their last nap and about them stole the hopping rabbits and hares. But, might some say, where was Tess’s guardian angel? Where was the providence of her faith? Perhaps, like that other god of whom the ironical Tishbite spoke, he was talking, or he was pursuing, or he was in a journey, or he was sleeping and not to be awakened (91).” -This passage is saying where was god when Tess, innocent Tess, was being raped? Where was he when Tess needed saving. Thus Hardy is suggesting that this is an act of fate, that Tess couldn’t help this bad thing happening. I also think that this is another major theme in the book because it has occurred so often in the past already with the horse accident. Hardy uses words like “silence” “primeval yews” dark words to describe the rape, and t he dark words suggest the person associated with the crime, like Hardy is associating Alec to be dark and tainted.

Phase the Second: Maiden no More

1) “‘I suppose I am a bad fellow- a damn bad fellow, I was born bad, and I have lived bad, and I shall die bad in all probability. But, upon my lost soul, I won’t be bad toward you again, Tess. And if certain circumstances should arise- you understand in which you are in the least need, the least difficulty, send me one line, and you shall have by return what ever you require (97).” -Hardy is trying to say that Alec is trying to be persuasive and say that he’s going to change and that he’s never going to be bad to Tess again. But, when Hardy say “if certain circumstances should arise” I have a feeling that that may be implying something and that he’s going to do what ever it takes to get Tess. The way Hardy’s tone of voice for Alec seems cunning, it doesn’t seem sincere, and that if Alec ever does come across Tess again it won’t be by accident.

2) “The innate lover of melody, which she had inherited form her ballad-singing mother, gave the simplest music a power over her which could well-nigh drag her heart out of her bosom at times (105).” -Hardy is explaining in this passage that even though Tess is in a very dark place right now when no ones talking to her, there just talking about her, she finds that its important to get up on Sunday mornings and go to church. This is the only thing that makes her happy at the current...
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