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by Thomas Hardy

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Who is the real villain in Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles?

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Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles is the story of a love triangle, in which two men, Alec Stoke-D’Urberville and Angel Clare are both attracted to Tess because of her beauty. 

Alec Stoke-D’Urberville is the scion of a newly wealthy family living in an ostentatious manor near Tess's village. He ends up employing Tess, who comes from a poor peasant family, to tend fowls, but his real purpose is to have her nearby so that he can seduce her. She dislikes working for the D’Urberville family and is uncomfortable around Alec, but her family needs the money. Eventually Alec rapes Tess and gets her pregnant. Although Tess's mother thinks that Tess should...

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