Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy published in 1891. It was initially censored for challenging the sexual mores of the time.
Tess of the d'Urbervilles takes place in the south of England and tells the story through Tess. She is descended from a rather impoverished English aristocratic family.
Forced by an aristocrat and permanently judged by a society with too strict morals, Tess rebels and tries to be independent in search of happiness, since she is unable to understand why there is so much hypocrisy when judging the behavior of different sexes.
The book is ranked number 26 in the BBC's "The Big Read" poll. His mentions in the popular "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy have given the novel a second youth.
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There still faintly beamed from the woman’s features something of the freshness, and even the prettiness, of her youth; rendering it evident that the personal charms which Tess could boast were in main part her mother’s gift, and therefore unknightly, unhistorical.
The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.
Why didn’t you tell me there was danger? Why didn’t you warn me? Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks; but I never had the chance of discovering in that way; and you did not help me!
O, you have torn my life all to pieces... made me be what I prayed you in pity not to make me be again!