Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Tess of the d'Urbervilles


Thomas Hardy

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles Symbols

Prince the Horse

Prince is the Durbeyfield family horse, and their principal means of livelihood. When Tess accidentally causes his death, she feels guilty enough to go work for the d'Urbervilles, which begins the action of the story… read analysis of Prince the Horse

Seal and Spoon

The seal and the spoon with the d'Urberville crest are the only things the Durbeyfields have left from their noble heritage. The smallness and uselessness of the items is a symbol of how the d'Urberville… read analysis of Seal and Spoon


Brazil, where Angel goes to seek his fortunes after rejecting Tess, is a symbol of Angel's idealized vision of the world. Brazil is an exotic, far-off fantasy land to the 19th century English characters… read analysis of Brazil

The d'Urberville Coach

The d'Urberville coach is an old legend of the family which Angel mentions and Alec later explains to Tess. It concerns some ancient d'Urberville who abducted a beautiful woman and then inadvertently killed her… read analysis of The d'Urberville Coach