Posted by Cheryl on September 09, 1998 at 14:45:55:
Am I the only person reading Tess for the first time and being blown away by all that is happening to this girl?
What a shock to find Tess nursing her child in that field, with no mention of the preganancy or birth! I suppose that the book would have been even more scandalous than it was perceived to be if Hardy had included those details. Though perhaps it was a deliberate device on his part, to shock and surprise his readers...
And those of you who have been assigning to Joan the greater blame in Tess' pain, what say you to Sir John refusing Tess the comfort of a baptism for her dying baby?!? I say again, Grrrrrr!!
The scenes of the baptism and Tess pleading with the parson for reassurance were very touching. Wow. Powerful writing!
(Thanks Jane for letting me talk! :-})
- Reading between the lines Kay 16:40:39 9/09/98 (11)
- Seduction, rape or both? Constanza 09:17:58 9/11/98 (10)
- Sorrow's age Cheryl 11:17:11 9/11/98 (0)
- She stayed because... Golda 10:34:04 9/11/98 (8)
- Help! Did I miss something? Kay 10:58:53 9/11/98 (7)
- Don't think so, but I must have! Cheryl 11:12:43 9/11/98 (6)
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