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living with her impoverished family in the village of Marlott Tess is extremely responsible and is committed to doing the best she can for her family Her life is complicated when her father discovers he is descended from the noble line of the dUrbervilles Tess is sent to work at the dUrberville mansion Unfortunately her ideals cannot prevent her from sliding further and further into misfortune after she becomes pregnant by Alec dUrberville The terrible irony is that Tess and her family are not really related to this branch of the dUrbervilles at all Alecs father a merchant named Simon Stokes simply assumed the name after he retired Angel Clare - An intelligent young man who has decided to become a farmer to preserve his intellectual freedom from the pressures of city life Angels father and his two brothers are respected clergymen but Angels religious doubts have kept him from joining the ministry He meets Tess when she is a milkmaid at the Talbothays Dairy and quickly falls in love with her Alec dUrberville - The handsome amoral son of a wealthy merchant named Simon Stokes Alec is not really a dUrberville--his father simply took the name of the ancient noble family after he built his mansion and retired Alec is a manipulative sinister young man and does everything he can to seduce the inexperienced Tess when she comes to work for his family When he finally succeeds--by taking advantage of her while she sleeps--he really tries to help her but is unable to make her love him John Durbeyfield - Tesss father a lazy peddler in Marlott John is naturally quick but he hates work when he learns that he is descended from the noble line of the dUrbeyfields he is quick to make an
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