Last week in Chapter VI we left off with Tess letting her family talk her into going against her instincts and taking the job working at the poultry farm for Mrs. d’Urberville with the masculine handwriting…
This was a short chapter with nothing too major going on, just the continued movement toward bad stuff happening.
Tess wakes the morning she is to go to her new job at the poultry farm, she dressed in everyday clothes and packs her things.
Joan however, thinks she should be better dressed. Her hair was probably never so clean as it was that day. That and a pretty dress help to enhance her womanly body, too bad she’s only 16.
Then there was a page where I haven’t gotten a clue what they were talking about, seriously a whole page that I read at least twice and was left bewildered both times. Joan did have a moment where she had a slight misgiving about sending her daughter off, but ignored it like any good mother would do…
Eventually Joan and the kids walked Tess part way to where she was supposed to meet the cart that was taking her to the d’Urbervilles. When who should appear, Alec d’Urberville in the flesh.
Joan was excited, naturally. Tess however almost turned tale and ran away. But then remembered the dead horse and climbed up onto the carriage and was whisked away to certain debasement.
But the chapter doesn’t end there. No, later that night Joan tells Sir John that maybe she should have looked into this a bit more before sending Tess off.
Really? You think you should have checked out the man and woman you’re sending your 16 year old daughter to go live with? Brilliant idea. Perhaps you should get out of your bed and start working on that NOW, if it isn’t already too late…