Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy

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In Jude the Obscure, how does Jude deal with both his responsibilities and his love for Sue at the same time?

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With the appearance of Little Father Time, the child that Jude allegedly fathered by Arabella, Jude becomes even more resolved the he and Sue should be married. While Sue is not the boy's real mother, the child calls her "mother" almost immediately, showing his desperation for a maternal relationship. Jude and Sue take the child into their home and decide that they will raise him, whether he is Jude's biological child or not.

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