Phase the Second: Maiden No More, Chapters 12–15: Summary and Analysis
The Sign-painter: a man whose evangelical messages unsettle our heroine
The Parson: a vicar whose adherence to established rules nearly outweighs his true religious feelings
Infant Sorrow: Tess’s child by Alec D’Urberville, whom she is forced to baptize and bury without benefit of clergy.
Several weeks after the night in the Chase, Tess walks home to Marlott, “her views of life” having been “totally changed” by recent experiences. D’Urberville catches up to her in a carriage and offers to ride her home if she is not willing to return to him at Trantridge. Tess refuses to continue being Alec’s “creature,” and turns down his...
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