Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

By Thomas Hardy

"The novel is set in impoverished rural Wessex during the Long Depression. Tess is the eldest child of John and Joan Durbeyfield, uneducated rural peasants. One day, Parson Tringham informs John that he has noble blood. Tringham, an amateur genealogist, has discovered that "Durbeyfield" is a corruption of "D'Urberville", the surname of a noble Norman family, now extinct. The news immediately goes to John's head."

"Tess's father, overjoyed with learning of his noble lineage, gets too drunk to drive to market that night, so Tess undertakes the journey herself. However, she falls asleep at the reins, and the family's only horse encounters a speeding wagon and is fatally wounded. Tess feels so guilty over the horse's death that she agrees, against her better judgement, to visit Mrs. d'Urberville, a wealthy widow who lives in the nearby town of Trantridge, and "claim kin." She is unaware that in reality, Mrs. d'Urberville's husband, Simon Stoke, purchased the baronial title and adopted the new surname, and so is not related to the d'Urbervilles."

(Above taken from this page... WARNING: Link contains spoilers!)

I'm sure I've read this before - at least once - but I don't seem to have a review for it on my blog. Anyway, I enjoyed the book very much.

10 comments:

Rita said...

I think this played on PBS over here recently and I watched it. Good series! :)

Deanna said...

I'll have to check this one out. Our oldest daughter is named Tessa - and I thought I made it up LOL.

Toriz said...

Rita:
I don't think I've seen the series, but the book was definately good!

Deanna:
Guess not. LOL! I think Tessa is a really nice name though; regardless of who first used it! ;)

Lynn said...

I will have to check this out also, it does sound familiar, thanks for the link!

AliceKay said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the book. :)

Toriz said...

Lynn:
No problem! Hope you enjoy it if you check it out. :)

Intense Guy said...

Its a classic for a reason. :) And on PBS for the same reason...

But I've never seen it end to end - I have seen it three times and slept through different parts. :)

Toriz said...

LOL @ Iggy!

Well, at least you've seen it... Even if not all the way throughh in one sitting!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I loved this too! And the movie was quite good as well.

Toriz said...

Jeannie:
Thanks for the input!

Guess I need to see the movie/TV series if I get the chance, judging by everyone's comments! :)