Posted by Katt on September 07, 1998 at 16:02:37:
In response to How much did Tess know?, written by Kay on September 07, 1998 at 15:23:50
] Do you think Hardy wants to tell his audience that circumstances can force even the best of us to go wrong? After all, he calls her a "pure woman." And did Tess break the rules flagrantly or was she violated?
I guess flagrantly wasn't exactly the right word--I meant that she was the one whose breaking of the rules (willing or unwilling) was the most obvious. But because the obscurity of the scene, how can we know for sure whether Tess was a willing partner or not? I mean, I find it hard to believe that she was, but on the other hand she never points fingers or accuses Alec d'Urberville of taking advantage of her. Then again, we already knew that she was the type to assume blame (i.e. about the horse) where it didn't really belong to her.
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