Posted by Cheryl on September 06, 1998 at 22:45:29:
In response to Superdependable Tess, written by Kay on September 06, 1998 at 11:30:55
] I find myself relating to this poor girl (who I figure to be 16 years at the start of the book) who takes the burdens of her whole family on her shoulders because of her irresponsible parents.
Yes, her father began the novel as a comic figure getting caught up in the idea of being gentility. But while he was happy to get a few free beers and a few extra hours of sleep out of it, the mother is the one who sent poor Tess off to her fate with her scheming and daydreaming. What a pair!
With lazy, shiftless parents like these, it is no wonder that Tess became the parent not only to her siblings, but to her parents as well. Poor dear.
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