Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Izz Huett Character Analysis

One of the Talbothays dairymaids who befriends Tess and falls in love with Angel. She is heartbroken when Angel rejects her, but never grows bitter towards Tess. When Angel is leaving for Brazil he briefly asks Izz to accompany him. Later she and Marian write him a letter appealing on Tess's behalf.

Izz Huett Quotes in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

The Tess of the d'Urbervilles quotes below are all either spoken by Izz Huett or refer to Izz Huett. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of Tess of the d'Urbervilles published in 2003.
Chapter 40 Quotes

Because nobody could love ‘ee more than Tess did! …She would have laid down her life for ‘ee. I could do no more.

Related Characters: Izz Huett (speaker), Tess Durbeyfield, Angel Clare
Page Number: 270
Explanation and Analysis:

In his anger, disappointment, and despair Angel has spontaneously decided to travel to Brazil, and as he leaves he impulsively asks a local woman named Izz Huett (who was a friend of Tess's, and who also had strong feelings for Angel) to come with him. Angel asks Izz if she loves him more than Tess, but Izz--despite her love for Angel, and her crushing disappointment that he chose Tess--cannot affirm this falsehood. She confesses that Tess loved Angel purely and absolutely: Tess would gladly have sacrificed her life for Angel.

The passage shows Izz's loyalty to Tess, in spite of the fact that they're "competing" for Angel's affections. Furthermore, Izz's Biblical choice of phrasing ("laid down her life") suggests the religious, even Christian, quality of Tess's personality. Like Christ, Tess is willing to sacrifice herself for the good of other people--in other words, she's as generous and selfless as Angel is selfish.

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Izz Huett Character Timeline in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

The timeline below shows where the character Izz Huett appears in Tess of the d'Urbervilles. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21
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Her roommates Retty Priddle, Marian, and Izz Huett stand by the window and watch someone in the garden. Soon they start to... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Tess and Angel break from the line, and Tess tries to turn his attention to Izz and Retty, as she has decided they are more worthy of marrying Angel than she.... (full context)
Chapter 23
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It is Sunday morning, and Tess, Izz, Retty, and Marian have decided to go to the church a few miles away. It... (full context)
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...looking at Tess. All of them blush at his offer, and he starts with Marian. Izz builds up the moment before he comes for her, and when he gets Retty he... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Later Tess and Angel follow Marian, Retty, and Izz out and Angel remarks how different they are from he and Tess. Tess denies it... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Tess contemplates the date (December 31) in wonder. Izz asks her if Angel will follow the customs and ask her parents for permission, but... (full context)
Chapter 33
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They leave for the flour-mill, and Tess asks Angel to kiss Marian, Retty, and Izz once for her, as they look so very sad. Angel obeys, and as they leave... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...had tried to drown herself in the river, and Marian was found passed out drunk. Izz alone remained in the house, although depressed. Jonathon leaves the luggage and goes out. (full context)
Chapter 40
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...sadly by the gate, wondering if he has done the right thing. At that moment Izz Huett appears, as she had been hoping to visit Angel and Tess there. (full context)
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Izz says she has left Talbothays because it was too sad for her, and Angel offers... (full context)
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Angel presses her and Izz admits she was in love with him, and can't believe he didn't realize it until... (full context)
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They keep riding, and Angel asks if Izz loves him more than Tess does. Izz cannot help but say that she does not,... (full context)
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...his request as a joke, but it is clear that it was deadly serious to Izz. Even so she forgives him. Angel praises her for her generous honesty that saved them... (full context)
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Angel is still troubled by Izz's words and wonders again if he is making a mistake. But he decides to stick... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...for Angel's forgiveness. Marian wishes more friends from Talbothays would come, so she writes to Izz and Retty, and Izz agrees to come. (full context)
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...One day it starts to snow, and so they have to trudge off for reed-drawing. Izz shows up, along with Car Darch and her sister from Tantridge so long ago, but... (full context)
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Izz and Marian remain with Tess to finish the reed-drawing, and they start to reminisce. Tess... (full context)
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Marian immediately reveals what Izz just told her, which is the story of Angel asking her to come to Brazil... (full context)
Chapter 44
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On the day she decides to leave Izz and Marian dress her up and sincerely wish her the best, despite their own passions.... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...long ago. Tess later approaches a young couple, and then sees that the girl is Izz. She says the man is from Talbothays, and followed her here, but she hasn't answered... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...Tess writes another, more desperate letter to Angel, but again she remembers the episode with Izz and her uncertainty returns, so she doesn't send it. (full context)
Chapter 47
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...and is watching her. He is dressed fashionably now, no longer like a preacher, and Izz and Marian can't believe he is the same man. Tess takes a break and is... (full context)
Chapter 49
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Angel thinks again of Izz's words and of Tess's faith in him on their wedding day. Slowly he becomes Tess's... (full context)
Chapter 52
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They meet other moving wagons on the road, and Tess sees Marian and Izz among them. They have fled Flintcomb-Ash, and warn her that Alec is looking for her.... (full context)
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Meanwhile Izz and Marian ride on, talking of Tess, Angel, and Alec. They are worried that Tess... (full context)
Chapter 53
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...her past sin. As Angel is packing up his things he gets the letter from Izz and Marian. (full context)