4 comments on “Tess

  1. I can’t read the novel any more. I taught it three years ago and realized that it wasn’t saying anything new or interesting that other nineteenth century novels weren’t doing better.

    Maybe it was the scene where Tess wakes up in a grove of trees with pheasants dying all around her. (They’d been shot at during the night, and finally died as the sun rose.) I get it, Tom.

    (Is that scene in the movie? I haven’t seen it. Also, is it revealed in the movie that Alec d’Urberville is not a d’Urberville at all; that his family co-opted the name because of how aristocratic it sounded?)

    (I should just watch the movie, shouldn’t I…)

  2. A scene with dying pheasants I do not recall, but the bit about Alec taking the name because he liked the way it sounds is in there. I haven’t read the novel (nineteenth century novels usually aren’t my cup of tea), but I would be interested to know just how much the film deviated from its source.

  3. I, a stranger whom you’ve never met (WordPress suggested I look at your site), have added “Tess” to my Netflix queue. Once watched, I’ll give you a side-by-side.

    (This means you have time to say, “Good God, man! I don’t want a side-by-side.”)

    Thanks for the conversation.

  4. Good God, man! This influence my blog has created is almost frightening. I look forward to a side-by-side, in fact I appreciate it. After checking out your blog, (and feeling dumb for kinda knocking 19th century novels) I think you’d have some great insight to this film. Thank you.

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