Chapter 5

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    • The pressure upon Tess to visit the D'Urbervilles
      • ' the one who had dragged her parents into this quagmire, was... wondering what she could do to help them '
        • 'her mother broached her scheme'
          • "There is a very rich Mrs d'Urberville living on the outskirts o' The Chase...You must go to her and claim kin, and ask for some help in our trouble"
          • "Well, as I killed the horse, mother"
            • "I suppose I ought to do something. I don't mind going and seeing her, but you must leave it to me about asking for help"
              • "And don't go thinking about her making a match for me-it is silly."
    • The careful description of "The Slopes" and Hardy's attitude to it
      • 'It was not a manorial home in the ordinary sense, with fields, and pastures, and a grumbling farmer'
        • 'It was more, far more; a country-house built for enjoyment pure and simple'
          • 'the crimson brick lodge came first in sight'
            • 'Tess thought this was the mansion itself till...the house proper stood in view'
              • 'It was of a recent erection-almost new'
                • 'Everything looked like money-like the last coin issued from the Mint'
                  • "I thought we were an old family; but this is all new!"
    • The "history" of the Stoke D'Urbervilles
      • 'Stoke d'Urbervilles, as they first called themselves, were a somewhat unusual family to find in such an old-fashioned part of the country'
        • 'Parson Tringham had spoken truely when he said our shambling John Durbeyfield was the only really lineal representative of the old d'Urberville family'
        • 'the Stoke d'Urbervilles were no more d'Urbervilles of the true tree than he was himself'
          • 'When old Mr Simon Stoke, latterly deceased, had made his fortune as an honest merchant (some say money-lender) in the North, he decided to the South'
          • 'in doing this he felt the necessity of recommencing with a name that would not too readily identify him with the smart tradesman of the past'
            • 'Conning for an hour in the British museum the pages of works devoted to extinct, half-extinct, obscured and ruined families'
              • 'he considered that d'Urberville looked and sounded as well as any of them'
                • 'and d'Urberville accordingly was annexed to his own name for himself and his heirs eternally'
    • The characterisation of Alec through appearance, speech and actions
      • 'almost swarthy complexion'
      • 'full lips, badly moulded, though red and smooth'
      • 'he asked her if she liked strawberries'
        • 'They are already here'
        • "Nonsense!" he insisted; and in a slight distress she parted her lips and took it in
      • 'Despite the touch of barbarism in his contours, there was a singular force in the gentleman's face, and in his bold rolling eye
      • "Well, my Beauty, what can I do for you?"
      • 'he stood up and held it by the stem to her mouth'
    • Explicit, intrusive narrator's comment on pages 42-43 and 43-44 (Chapter 7)
      • "the cart will come soon, no doubt"
        • 'Her mother perceived, for the first time, that the second vehicle was not a humble conveyance like the first, but a *****-and-span gig or dog-cart, highly varnished and equipped'
          • 'Could she be deceived as to the meaning of this?'
          • "What's her trump card? Her d'Urberville blood, you mean?"
            • "No, stupid; her face-as 'twas mine"
        • 'It had come-appearing suddenly from behind the forehead of the nearest upland'
          • 'Her mother and the children thereupon decided to go no farther, and bidding them a hasty good-bye, Tess bent her steps up the hill'
            • 'Before she had quite reached it another vehicle shot out from a clump of trees on the summit, came round the bend of the road there, passed the luggage-cart, and halted beside Tess, who looked up in great surprise'
            • "Is dat the gentleman-kinsman who'll make Sissy a lady?"


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