Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d’Urbervilles (unabridged)

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Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d’Urbervilles (unabridged)

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NAX86712

Discs:

14

Release date:

28th April 2008

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9789626348673

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17 hours 40 minutes

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Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d’Urbervilles (unabridged)


Read by Anna Bentinck

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family’s poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles. Violated by the son, Alec, her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past. Set among the lush pastures and bleak uplands of Hardy’s imagined Wessex, and filled with unforgettable images of tenderness and tragedy, the story examines conventional morality through Tess herself, one of the best-loved characters in English literature.

Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (unabridged)

Chapter 1

'And shall we ever come into our own again?'

Chapter 2

The young girls formed, indeed, the…

Among these on-lookers were three…

Chapter 3

'I'll rock the cradle for 'ee, mother,' said the daughter…

The Compleat Fortune-Teller was an old thick volume…

Chapter 4

While this question was being discussed…

It was eleven o'clock before the family…

The renewed subject, which seemed to have…

By this time the mail-cart man…

Chapter 5

Rising early next day…

Everything on this snug property…

This embodiment of a d'Urberville…

They had spent some time wandering…

Chapter 6

Tess seemed for the moment…

Chapter 7

'Not for less than a thousand pound!'

Chapter 8

He drew rein, and as they slowed…

Chapter 9

The birds that the two girls had brought in…

He suited the action to the word, and…

Chapter 10

Approaching the hay-trussers…

'You shall catch it for this, my gentlemen…'

'Tis treacle,' said an observant matron.

Chapter 11

'Why, where be we?'

Having buttoned the overcoat…

Chapter 12

'Tis quite true.'

He emitted a laboured breath…

'No,' said she…

Chapter 13

Parishioners dropped in by twos and threes…

Chapter 14

Her binding proceeds with clock-like monotony.

A resolution which had surprised…

Tess had drifted into a frame of mind…

The most impressed of them said…

Having the natural feelings of a tradesman…

Chapter 15

She had held so aloof of late…

Chapter 16

The bird's-eye perspective before her…

Tess Durbeyfield, then, in good heart…

Chapter 17

The milkers formed quite a little battalion…

'Oh yes; there's nothing like…'

'Take it gentle, sir; take it gentle,' said the dairyman.

Chapter 18

It had never occurred to the straightforward…

So we find Angel Clare at six-and-twenty…

The early mornings were still sufficiently cool…

Chapter 19

Tess was conscious of neither time nor space.

Tess, on her part, could not understand why…

'Tess, fie for such bitterness!'

Chapter 20

The mixed, singular, luminous gloom…

Chapter 21

While the listeners were smiling…

'So have you – so have we all,' said Marian…

Chapter 22

'Upon my soul and body, this here stooping…'

Chapter 23

Marian had lowered herself upon his arm…

Tess's heart ached.

Chapter 24

Clare had studied the curves of those lips…

Chapter 25

To encounter her daily in the accustomed manner…

Clare knew her well.

Angel sat down, and the place…

'I suppose it is farming or nothing for you now…'

Chapter 26

'Mercy Chant is of a very good family.'

His mother made him sandwiches…

Chapter 27

'I've got to go a-skimming,' she pleaded…

You quite misapprehend my parents.

Chapter 28

Although the early September weather was sultry…

At last she got away, and did not stop…

Chapter 29

It all turned on that release.

Clare had resolved never to kiss her until…

Chapter 30

'Londoners will drink it at their breakfasts…'

'I like the other way rather best.'

Chapter 31

They unaffectedly sought each other's company…

Her affection for him was now the breath and life…

'But,' she timidly answered…

'Are you sure you don't dislike me for it?'

Chapter 32

'So that, seriously, dearest Tess,' he continued…

Next, he wished to see a little of the working…

Chapter 33

'Oh, nothing, dear,' he said from within.

Her perception that Angel's bearing towards her…

Upheld by the momentum of the time…

'O my love, why do I love you so!'

Chapter 34

'That cock knew the weather was going to…'

Suddenly he said with enthusiasm…

Angel, suddenly recollecting that Tess…

'O yes! I am sure that – '

Chapter 35

'Sit down, sit down,' he said gently.

Behold, when thy face is made bare…

They wandered on again in silence.

Having nothing more to fear…

Chapter 36

'My position – is this,' he said abruptly.

'Well, since you say no, I won't…'

He spoke such things as these and more…

Her eyelids, weighted with trouble…

'Quite sure. We ought to part…

Chapter 37

Ah! Now she knew what he was dreaming of…

It suddenly occurred to her to try persuasion…

To make the call as unobtrusive as possible…

'Until you come to me I must not try to come to you?'

Chapter 38

'Well, well; what's done can't be undone!'

Chapter 39

'We had your brief note three weeks ago…'

'''Who can find a virtuous woman?…'''

Chapter 40

Hearing a footstep below, he rose…

'I am going to Brazil alone, Izz,' said he.

'Well, but, Izz, we'll part friends, anyhow?'

Chapter 41

Her reluctance to communicate with her…

Among the difficulties of her lonely position…

In the midst of these whimsical fancies…

Chapter 42

Towards the second evening she reached…

She pulled off in disgust a bandage…

Chapter 43

So the two forces were at work here…

Then one day a peculiar quality invaded the air…

Putting on their gloves, all set to work…

After this they continued for some long time…

Chapter 44

It was a year ago, all but a day…

The second peal had been louder, and still…

'Some imposter who wished to come into the town…'

'The people are gone to afternoon service, I suppose?'

Chapter 45

As soon as she could reflect, it appalled her…

'I have done nothing!'

Tess, who had been quite unconscious of her action…

Tess, half frightened, gave way to his importunity…

Chapter 46

Tess still did no more than listen…

'Do not ask what I do not wish to tell!'

'If so be you make an agreement to work for me…'

'But I have. Though I don't believe in anything…

'What, you have really arranged to preach, and – '

Chapter 47

The old men on the rising straw-rick talked of the…

Tess continued to eat her modest dinner…

'Well, never mind,' he resumed.

Chapter 48

The time for the rat-catching arrived…

Angel, I live entirely for you.

Chapter 49

Angel's original intention had not been emigration…

He thought of Tess as she had appeared on the day…

To perfect the ballads was now her whimsical desire.

Chapter 50

She liked doing it after the confinement…

'A jester might say this is just like Paradise…'

Chapter 51

'Didn't you see me?'

Tess remained where she was a long while…

Chapter 52

The distance was great – too great…

In the interim Tess, left with the children…

Chapter 53

He soon retired to bed; and the next morning…

Chapter 54

Some man, apparently the sexton, had observed…

Chapter 55

Tess appeared on the threshold…

Chapter 56

She need not have done so, however…

Chapter 57

By degrees he was inclined to believe…

'I think we may as well steer in a general way…'

Chapter 58

Not more than a minute had elapsed…

'A very Temple of the Winds,' he said.

He kissed her to avoid a reply…

Chapter 59

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