From time to time, I like to pull out a novel of classic literature and immerse myself in it. I picked Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Truth be told, I could not put it down. Now I am not sure if it is because it was a beautifully written novel (which it is) or if it was a unforgettable story (which it is), but in all honesty, I really believe I kept reading to see if our heroine Tess ever caught a break! Poor, poor girl was born in the wrong century that is for certain.
The story starts with Tess' drunk father on his way home when he discovers that he is descended from the wealthy to-do family The D'Urbervilles and throughout time their name changed to Durbeyfield. Well, Mr. Durbeyfield heads home to his wife and 6 children....maybe 7....I lost count....to share this exciting news.
Tess is the oldest at 16, and she is picked to journey to the nearest D'Urberville resident to claim their fortune or at least come home married to a cousin. Really? Poor Tess...she just wants to continue with schooling and do some modest work. Anyway, she journeys to the residence because she is a good, kind girl....she is a pleaser. She meets Alec D'Urberville....a good looking and charming fellow who is supposedly her cousin. Alec is taken by Tess' beauty and naivete and begins to woo her...well...she is not immediately impressed by him.....
Let me stop here. You will have to read the book to see where their relationship goes and whether Tess is able to find happiness. I warn you...there are no happy endings in this book. The book is quite a fascinating read, and the story twists and turns more than one could predict. Very scandalous and a great argument for equal rights.