Tess of the d'Urbervilles Phase the Second: Maiden No More, Chapters 12–15: Summary and Analysis

Thomas Hardy

Phase the Second: Maiden No More, Chapters 12–15: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
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.

Summary
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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