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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    More than half way through. I am a slow reader. One thing about Tess is there is not a lot of happiness in it. Most the happiness was in the phase 3,...
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    04-16-2021, 08:49 PM
    Well, she does prostitute herself again later on, in desperation, when her family was evicted from their home and had nowhere to live and no money.
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    04-14-2021, 08:11 PM
    Thomas Hardy does not write what Tess told Angel on their wedding night, and it is sort of confusing why he reacted quite so badly. I think it has to...
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    04-10-2021, 06:20 AM
    I think Italian is really Tuscan, the language Dante Aligheri wrote in. I once watched a YouTube video of people speaking the different Italian...
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    04-09-2021, 07:04 PM
    More Europeans speak German than French. French used to be the lingua franca, and before that Latin, and before that ancient Greek. Or they could try...
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    04-08-2021, 02:10 PM
    Nearly half way through. Angel keeps pressing Tess to marry him. It is strange, knowing what comes next, to wonder what the first readers were...
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    04-02-2021, 09:21 AM
    I am enjoying my Tess re-read more than the first time around. The first time around I was distracted by all the rustic words, ecclesiastic and...
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    03-28-2021, 07:38 PM
    kev67 replied to a thread Clerical pay in Barchester Towers
    Yes, but in Catholic countries those boys would not be able to marry, which seems harsh. I need to read a book about this. I have often wondered...
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    03-26-2021, 10:35 PM
    kev67 replied to a thread Clerical pay in Barchester Towers
    I wonder if I have been a bit hard on 19th century clergy. I have been inclined to regard it as a racket, a sort of parachute profession for the...
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    03-23-2021, 10:02 AM
    Not qualified to know how Hardy portrays the female condition. I liked Eustacia Vye. I have not read Jude the Obscure. I saw the film version with...
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    03-19-2021, 08:54 PM
    I am re-reading Tess, only I am reading the 1891 version, which is the first book edition. Hardy made quite a few changes to his books, quite a lot...
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