When John Durbeyfield, an honest carter, learnt that he was related to the famous family of the D'Urbervilles he sent his daughter Tess to occupy a position in the household of his distinguished relatives, while he himself went to the dogs out of sheer vanity. Tess was essentially a pure woman, but circumstances so conspired against her that she was seduced by the scoundrelly scion of the house, to whom she bore a child which soon died. She went away to try and make good, and whilst employed as a dairymaid met Angel Clare, a young idealist, who, refusing to hear anything about her past, fell in love and married her. On the evening of their marriage, however, Tess told him about her encounter with D'Urberville, and Angel, not having the sense to perceive the essential purity of his wife, was so appalled by the physical fact that he forthwith left her. Meanwhile John Durbeyfield had died, and the only way in which Tess could alleviate the terrible suffering of his large family was to go once again to her hateful seducer-who treated her in such a fashion that she killed him. Poor Tess was hanged. She stands for the type of purity which cannot be denied by the vile contacts of the world, and her name should never be uttered save with reverence.