200 year gap
Posted by Barbara on September 12, 1998 at 18:57:05:
In response to switched at birth, written by Kay on September 08, 1998 at 10:55:38
] ] 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.
] If it weren't for Tess' resemblance to her mother and to past D'Urbervilles (as is pointed out later) one would think that it would be impossible for Tess to be the daughter of such parents. She has so much more intelligence and sense of responsibility.
Just got a hold of this book and am zipping through as quickly as I can! I agree about the parents. I liked how Hardy described the "200 year gap" between the mother's way of thinking and Tess's, considering that the daughter had formal schooling and the mother had only the backward superstitious local ways. It made me see it very clearly when he said that the Jacobean and Victorian eras were juxtaposed in these two women. I wonder, also, if it is somewhat a social commentary on education during his times?
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