jerk or another victim of fate?
Posted by Jane on September 22, 1998 at 12:50:36:
In response to Oh yes!, written by Cheryl on September 21, 1998 at 15:28:27
We're back to that double standard, he expects to be forgiven and accepted and loved in spite his past, but he cannot do the same where hers is concerned. Jerk. ;-p
Angel came close to being a nice man. Hardy let him fall in love with someone without regard for her lower social status, and then marry her. I had the sense that Angel really saw and valued some of the inner loveliness of Tess, not just her beauty. Then he really blows it. Why? Is Angel supposed to be a sympathetic character, just torn by his beliefs after been brought up in a religious family? Or does Hardy mean for him to be a jerk?
At least Hardy gave us Farmer Gabriel in Far From the Madding Crowd, who almost makes up for this. (Especially as portrayed by Alan Bates!)
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