Thomas Hardy Where was Thomas Hardy born? Was this place important to his literary creation? Why?
Thomas Hardy classified his novels into three groups. What are they? Can you give some examples?
The Return of the Native Far From the Madding Crowd The Mayor of Casterbridge Tess of the D’Urbervilles Jude the Obscure
Questions for Discussion 1. Was Angel eager to meet Tess? How can you know? 2. Was Tess eager to meet Angel? How can you know? 3. Tess was so eager to meet Angel. Why did she not come forward when she saw him? 4. After Tess told Angel about her sufferings, why did she tell him to go away and never to come back any more? 5. What were Tess’ and Angel’s mixed feelings at this meeting?
Group Discussion 1. The subtitle of the novel is a Pure Woman Faithfully Portrayed. All things considered, was Tess a pure woman? Why or Why not? 2. What caused the destruction of Tess? Was it fate, or some other force?
Imagination If you were Tess, what would you do?
Imagination If you were Angel, what would you do?
Imagination If you were Alec, what would you do?