Tess of the d'Urbervilles Phase the First: The Maiden, Chapters 5–11: Summary and Analysis

Thomas Hardy

Phase the First: The Maiden, Chapters 5–11: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Alec Stoke-D’Urberville: the young son of a wealthy merchant, a dashing, gallant, forceful ladies’ man

Mrs. D’Urberville: an eccentric blind widow and the reluctantly loving mother of Alec

Car Darch: nicknamed Queen of Spades, coarse, aggressive, jealous woman, once linked romantically to Alec.

Nancy Darch: nicknamed the Queen of Diamonds, Car’s sister, also a former favorite of D’Urberville

Car Darch’s mother: a laconic peasant woman with a moustache

Summary
Tess is pressured by her mother to approach Mrs. D’Urberville, a rich lady living not far from Marlott. The Durbeyfields believe she is of a junior branch of the...

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