Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

Jude’s first wife, a vain, sensual woman who is the daughter of a pig farmer. She decides to marry Jude and so tricks him into marrying her by pretending to be pregnant. Arabella sees marriage as a kind of entrapment and as a source of financial security, and she uses whatever means necessary to get what she wants. After Jude fails to provide for her, Arabella goes to Australia and takes a new husband there. She is often contrasted with the pure, intellectual Sue, as Arabella is associated with alcohol and sexual pleasure. When she wants Jude back she gets him drunk and forces him to marry her, and when he dies (or even just before) she immediately starts seeking a new husband.

Arabella Donn Quotes in Jude the Obscure

The Jude the Obscure quotes below are all either spoken by Arabella Donn or refer to Arabella Donn. 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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Part 1, Chapter 9 Quotes

And so, standing before the aforesaid officiator, the two swore that at every other time of their lives till death took them, they would assuredly believe, feel, and desire precisely as they had believed, felt, and desired during the few preceding weeks. What was as remarkable as the undertaking itself was the fact that nobody seemed at all surprised at what they swore.

Related Characters: Jude Fawley, Arabella Donn
Page Number: 57
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Part 1, Chapter 11 Quotes

Their lives were ruined, he thought; ruined by the fundamental error of their matrimonial union: that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling which had no necessary connection with affinities that alone render a life-long comradeship tolerable.
“Going to ill-use me on principle, as your father ill-used your mother, and your father’s sister ill-used her husband?” she asked. “All you Fawleys be a queer lot as husbands and wives.”

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Arabella Donn (speaker)
Page Number: 69
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Part 5, Chapter 8 Quotes

“She’d have come round in time. We all do! Custom does it! it’s all the same in the end! However, I think she’s quite fond of her man still – whatever he med be of her. You were too quick about her. I shouldn’t have let her go! I should have kept her chained on – her spirit for kicking would have been broke soon enough! There’s nothing like bondage and a stone-deaf task-master for taming us women. Besides, you’ve got the laws on your side. Moses knew… ‘Then shall the man be guiltless; but the woman shall bear her iniquity.’ Damn rough on us women; but we must grin and put up wi’ it – Haw haw! – Well; she’s got her deserts now.”
“Yes,” said Phillotson, with biting sadness. “Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can’t get out of it if we would!”

Related Characters: Arabella Donn (speaker), Richard Phillotson (speaker), Jude Fawley
Page Number: 318
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Part 6, Chapter 3 Quotes

“I see marriage differently now!... My babies have been taken from me to show me this! Arabella’s child killing mine was a judgment; the right slaying the wrong. What, what shall I do! I am such a vile creature – too worthless to mix with ordinary human beings.”
…He returned vehemently… “You make me hate Christianity, or mysticism, or Sacerdotalism, or whatever it may be called, if it’s that which has caused this deterioration in you. That a woman-poet, a woman-seer, a woman whose soul shone like a diamond – whom all the wise of the world would have been proud of, if they could have known you – should degrade herself like this! I am glad I had nothing to do with Divinity – damn glad – if it’s going to ruin you in this way!”

Related Characters: Jude Fawley (speaker), Sue Bridehead (speaker), Arabella Donn, Little Father Time
Related Symbols: Little Father Time
Page Number: 350
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Arabella Donn Character Timeline in Jude the Obscure

The timeline below shows where the character Arabella Donn appears in Jude the Obscure. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 6
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The girl introduces herself as Arabella Donn, the daughter of the pig farmer, and she boldly separates herself from the group... (full context)
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...important. Jude’s intellectual side recognizes his foolishness, but then it is overwhelmed by thoughts of Arabella’s charms. Meanwhile Arabella talks to her friends about “catching” Jude. (full context)
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The next day Jude considers studying his Greek and ignoring Arabella’s invitation, but then he decides it would be rude not to call on her. It... (full context)
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Arabella and Jude see a fire in the distance and they run off to investigate it.... (full context)
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When they enter Arabella’s house Jude is surprised that her family thinks of him as a serious suitor. Jude... (full context)
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An hour later Arabella passes by the same spot (the scene of their kiss) with her two friends, recounting... (full context)
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Jude and Arabella’s romance progresses, and one weekend they chase a lost pig through the village together, ending... (full context)
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Two months later Arabella meets with the quack-doctor Vilbert, who tells her something that cheers her up. That evening... (full context)
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That night Jude starts to realize that Arabella will not make a good wife, and the townspeople gossip about how Jude’s lofty ideals... (full context)
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...together in a small cottage between Marygreen and the Brown House. On their wedding night Arabella reveals that she has been wearing an extra bundle of hair that is not her... (full context)
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The couple is satisfied for a few weeks, and one day Arabella meets her friend Anny in town. Arabella reveals that she isn’t actually pregnant, and Anny... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 10
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Autumn comes and Jude and Arabella wait for the pig-killer Challow to come slaughter their pig. Challow never shows up, so... (full context)
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One day Jude is walking off to Alfredston when he hears some of Arabella’s friends talking about how Arabella tricked him into marriage. Jude returns home and argues with... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 11
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The next morning the couple argues again, and Arabella throws Jude’s books onto the floor. Jude gets angry and pulls her away. Jude suddenly... (full context)
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...Samson and Delilah on the wall. Jude gets very drunk and returns home to find Arabella’s note that she is staying with friends. (full context)
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Arabella doesn’t return for a few days, and then Jude gets a letter from her saying... (full context)
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...he tries to resist it. Jude recognizes that by law he is obligated to love Arabella forever, despite the reality of his feelings. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5
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...realizes he wants to interfere and pursue Sue himself, but he still technically belongs to Arabella and can do nothing. (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 6
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...than in person. Jude then confesses his own history to Sue, including his marriage to Arabella. Sue is upset at him for withholding this information, and she wonders how Jude can... (full context)
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Jude and Sue walk around town, and Jude says that Arabella is the only obstacle between them. Sue argues that her own lack love is another... (full context)
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Jude then notices that Arabella is one of the barmaids, and he gets her attention. Arabella is surprised, as she... (full context)
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The next morning Arabella tells Jude that she had married a hotel manager in Australia, and she asks Jude... (full context)
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...sorrow. Jude feels whole again in Sue’s presence, and he compares her “ethereal” spirit to Arabella’s low worldliness. Again he feels ashamed of sleeping with Arabella. (full context)
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...rides off. Afterwards Jude devotes himself to his religious studies. He gets a letter from Arabella, who says that her Australian husband has come to England for her, and they have... (full context)
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...Phillotson. Jude and Sue vaguely discuss their relationship, and then Jude reveals that he saw Arabella again. Jude pretends that they are living together now, and Sue starts to cry. She... (full context)
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...and asks if she would have married him if not for his first marriage to Arabella. Sue walks out without answering. Jude tries to sleep but he is awakened by the... (full context)
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...clergy has been checked by Sue just like his ambition for Christminster was checked by Arabella. (full context)
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...the train and Sue describes how kind Phillotson was to her. Jude tells her that Arabella wrote requesting a formal divorce. (full context)
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...decide to stay at a different hotel. It is the one Jude stayed at with Arabella, though he doesn’t notice this. When Jude is out of the room, a maid tells... (full context)
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...window rather than sleep with Phillotson. Sue is clearly jealous, so Jude tells her that Arabella has taken a second husband. He vows to never inform against Arabella, but he assures... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 1
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...letter saying that Sue’s divorce has been finalized, just a month after Jude’s divorce from Arabella was officially concluded. Jude comments on Sue’s new freedom, but Sue feels that her freedom... (full context)
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...Sue tells him a woman came to ask for him. Sue thinks that it was Arabella, and she gets very upset. Later that night there is a knock on the door... (full context)
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Sue begs Jude not to go, but Jude feels his usual sympathy for Arabella. They argue for a while, during which Arabella disappears. Sue grows so upset that she... (full context)
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The next morning Sue feels guilty for having treated Arabella so badly, and she wants to go find her at her inn. Sue kisses Jude... (full context)
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Before leaving, Arabella advises Sue to marry Jude, listing all the practical ways that marriage will help her... (full context)
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Sue returns to Jude and tells him that her conversation with Arabella has further convinced her what a “vulgar institution” marriage is. Jude remarks that Sue seems... (full context)
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One day Jude gets a letter from Arabella, whose last name is now Cartlett. In the letter Arabella says that she had given... (full context)
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...the child arrives, so as to provide a more stable home for him. Jude writes Arabella to send him the child. (full context)
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...earlier than expected, so no one is there to meet him at the train station. Arabella had sent him on to Jude immediately without a kind word at all. The boy... (full context)
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...Sue is shocked to see Jude’s likeness in the boy, but is jealous to see Arabella’s as well. Jude wonders if he will be able to pass on his dream of... (full context)
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...and world-weary. One day there is an agricultural show in the town of Stoke-Barehills, and Arabella arrives there with her husband Cartlett. She soon notices Jude and Sue with Little Father... (full context)
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Arabella scornfully says that Little Father Time can’t be Sue’s child, as Sue and Jude haven’t... (full context)
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Arabella follows the couple, noting that they must not be married because they are still so... (full context)
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Arabella watches Sue and Jude observing a model of Christminster that they themselves built, and Arabella... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 7
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One day Arabella arrives at the Kennetbridge spring fair dressed in mourning. She sees Sue there selling cakes... (full context)
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...the shape of colleges – which they call Christminster cakes – and Sue sells them. Arabella comments that Jude can never let go of Christminster. Sue says that though they are... (full context)
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That afternoon Arabella sings in the choir at a church and then leaves with Anny. On the way... (full context)
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Later in the journey Arabella comes across Mr. Phillotson in the road. She recognizes him and introduces herself. Phillotson reveals... (full context)
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...sold all the Christminster cakes, which excites him, but then she describes her meeting with Arabella. Jude decides that they should move again, and he requests that they return to Christminster.... (full context)
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A few days later Arabella visits the couple. She says she visited the children’s graves but didn’t feel comfortable coming... (full context)
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...him that she sees the children’s tragedy as a sign and punishment from God – Arabella’s child, who was born in wedlock, killed Sue’s children, who were born out of wedlock. (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 4
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Meanwhile Phillotson is at Marygreen ruminating on his encounter with Arabella. He reads about the deaths of Jude and Sue’s children in the newspaper. Later he... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 6
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Meanwhile Arabella comes to Jude’s lodgings, telling him that her father has kicked her out and she... (full context)
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Arabella goes and returns that same day, practicing making dimples on the train ride. She tells... (full context)
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Jude stays out late, and Arabella goes to her father’s house and tells him to leave the door unlocked that night,... (full context)
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The next morning Arabella’s father, Mr. Donn, goes to work at his pork-shop and Arabella tells him that she... (full context)
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Jude is sick with a bad hangover. Arabella tells Donn that he must provide a steady flow of liquor for a while, and... (full context)
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Finally one early morning Arabella convinces Jude that he promised to marry her in his drunken state. Jude denies this,... (full context)
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Arabella returns victorious, and tells her guests that the parson found this marriage to be an... (full context)
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Jude and Arabella get their own lodgings, but Jude soon grows sick with a respiratory illness. Arabella feels... (full context)
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Jude’s condition worsens, and he asks Arabella to write Sue about his illness. Arabella protests that this is a disrespecting of the... (full context)
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Arabella estimates Jude’s life “with an appraiser’s eye” and agrees to write to Sue. After a... (full context)
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...to talk to him, and she congratulates Jude on doing the right thing in marrying Arabella. Jude is enraged by this, and calls his marriage to Arabella “degrading, immoral,” and “unnatural.” (full context)
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Arabella meets Jude at the platform, and he admits both that he has seen Sue and... (full context)
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...and says that he hears the universities are growing more accepting of lower-class students now. Arabella says she will allow Sue to come see him, but Jude says he doesn’t want... (full context)
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Physician Vilbert arrives and Arabella flirts with him downstairs, offering him some wine and pretending to slip him the love... (full context)
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...months pass and summer arrives, and Jude nears death. One afternoon he falls asleep as Arabella is getting ready to go out. She hears a festival outside, and she leaves Jude... (full context)
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Jude wakes up alone and asks for some water. He calls for both Arabella and Sue, but no one comes. He hears the festival outside and recognizes that it... (full context)
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Meanwhile Arabella flirts with men, and tells Jude’s fellow stoneworkers that he is at home sleeping. They... (full context)
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Arabella goes back out and tells the men that Jude is still asleep. They go and... (full context)
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...later, and it takes place as distant crowds cheer for illustrious men receiving honorary degrees. Arabella asks the Widow Edlin (the only other attendee) if Sue is coming. Mrs. Edlin says... (full context)