At a Glance
- Tess Durbeyville, an uneducated peasant who falls victim to many personal disasters.
- Alec Stoke-d'Urberville, who takes advantage of Tess. She kills him in the end.
- Angel Clare, Tess' husband, who abandons her to travel to Brazil.
- Richard Crick, the owner of Talbothays Dairy, where Tess works as a milkmaid.
- Jack Durbeyfield, Tess' alcoholic father.
- Joan Durbeyfield, Tess's practical mother.
- Sorrow, Tess' child, who dies soon after being born.