Tess of the DUrbervilles
Thomas Hardy
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Chapter 11
Summary

Tess clings to Alec on the horse, too faint and stunned to be truly aware of her situation. Alec asks Tess why she is so standoffish at his romantic overtures to which Tess replies that she does not love him. When she tires, Alec attempts to resituate himself so as to make her more comfortable but that sets her on the defensive. Alec is insulted and demands that she treat him as her lover since he loves her very much. By now, Tess realizes that their ride has been too long, that they should have arrived in Trantridge a while ago. Alec admits to prolonging the ride in order to spend more time with her, and unfortunately, he has gotten them lost in the fog.

Alec sets her down near some trees, telling her that he will attempt to discern their location from a higher elevation if she will rest and wait for his return. With no other options of return, Tess has no choice, but before Alec leaves her, he tells her that he has gotten her father a new horse and her siblings new toys. He asks if learning these things changes her mind about him, but still she cannot admit to loving him.

The fog is quite thick, and Alec has a difficult time trying to guess their location. Nonetheless, he finally realizes where they are and makes his way back to Tess. He feels around with his hands and finding her so beautiful, he rapes her as she sleeps. Tess has no guardian angel to stop his advances, and sadly, Fate carries out what is meant to be.

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