Tess of the d'Urbervilles Phase the Seventh: Fulfillment, Chapters 53–59: Summary and Analysis

Thomas Hardy

Phase the Seventh: Fulfillment, Chapters 53–59: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
A family of farm laborers: the new inhabitants of the cottage where the Durbeyfields once lived

Mrs. Brooks: a generally uncurious landlady at a fashionable Sandbourne lodging-house

A Sandbourne workman: the first to view D’Urberville’s corpse

The caretaker at Bramshurst Court: a woman who oversees a property for its owners

Sixteen policemen: hunters of a wanted murderess

Summary
Angel Clare returns home to Emminster so ravaged by his illness that his parents can scarcely recognize him. When his mother wonders why Angel is so anxious about a “mere child of the soil,” Angel reveals that Tess is a member of the ancient...

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