The Aeneid

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Phase the First: The Maiden, Chapters I–III

Summary: Chapter I “Don’t you really know, Durbeyfield, that you are the lineal representative of the ancient and knightly family of the d’Urbervilles . . . ?” (See Important Quotations Explained) On his way home to the village of Marlott, a middle-aged peddler named John Durbeyfield encounters an old parson who surprises him by addressing …

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Phase the Third: The Rally, Chapters XVI–XIX

Summary: Chapter XVI In good spirits, Tess sets out to begin work at the Talbothays Dairy, located in the Valley of the Great Dairies. On her way, the new scenery enchants her as she travels through the mists of Blackmoor. The beautiful day and the beautiful landscape put Tess in an optimistic mood. She passes …

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Phase the Fourth: The Consequence, Chapters XXV–XXXI

Summary: Chapter XXV Angel feels that he needs time to understand the nature of his relationship with Tess, so he decides to spend a few days away from the dairy visiting his family. At his father’s house in Emminster, he finds his parents breakfasting with his brothers: the Reverend Felix, a town curate, and the …

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Phase the Second: Maiden No More, Chapters XII–XV

Summary: Chapter XII After a few weeks of confused dalliance with Alec, Tess realizes she feels no love for him, and decides to flee from the d’Urberville mansion to her home during the early morning hours. Alec discovers her on the road, questions her early departure, and tries to convince her to return with him. …

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Phase the Fifth: The Woman Pays, Chapters XXXV–XXXIX

Summary: Chapter XXXV Angel is distraught by Tess’s confession. He begs her to deny it, but she cannot. He flees the house, and Tess follows after him. For hours, they walk the grounds of the mansion. Tess tells her husband that she will do anything he asks and even offers to drown herself. Angel orders …

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