Parson Tringham tells no one that John Durbeyfield's family is an impoverished branch of the noble, once mighty D'Urbervilles. However 'celebrating' in the pub, bad heart and bad luck end ... See full summary »

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Parson Tringham tells no one that John Durbeyfield's family is an impoverished branch of the noble, once mighty D'Urbervilles. However 'celebrating' in the pub, bad heart and bad luck end up completely ruining the family finances. His wife finally convinces daughter Tess to swallow her pride and seek help from the D'Urbervilles on a nearby estate. The heir, Alec D'Urberville, takes to her, arranges a job on the family's poultry farm and becomes her family's benefactor. Lost in the forest after a dance, he takes advantage of her. To save her honor and independence, she decides to leave. Written by KGF Vissers

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At one point in the first part, a church congregation sings a portion of the hymn, "How Great Thou Art." This was written in 1953, more than 60 years after the period in which the novel (published in 1891) takes place. See more »

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