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Marjorie Garson

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122234.001.0001

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The Word in Nature

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Hardy's Fables of Integrity

Marjorie Garson

Oxford University Press

The effect of the novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles relies heavily on a strong sense of sequence, particularly on how Hardy was able to portray Tess's doom with the unfolding of specific temporal patterns. Hardy utilizes coincidences, the ironies of timing, and other such devices to suggest how Tess will be trapped in a series of sequences. Tess's fate appeared to be predetermined not only by heredity but also by the environment's historically specific nature. The cycle of nature is depicted to be analogous with Tess's experience through several different incidences such as her love for angel, the unfolding summer, and other such indications. Aside from how Tess had to make up for the crimes of her aristocratic ancestors, the Druidical sacrifice motif shows that she is doomed to repeat a certain mythic pattern.

Keywords:   Tess of the d'Urbervilles, temporal pattern, fate, coincidence, ironies of timing

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