“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
— thomas hardy, tess of the d'urbervilles 🌙
I blame my ever present and absolutely awful curiosity for making me associate this book with Fifty Shades of Grey.
The horror! The travesty!
(didn’t read it, did watched the movie though 😅)
But anyway, if you happen to read my long ramble-y captions, you’d know that I’ve been reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles for my English class in school (*awkward cough* and complaining about it)
It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey, but I finally finished it, and it may honestly be the most depressing book I’ve ever read.
Tess, poor, sweet, innocent, Tess just cannot catch a break.
This book is dark; it is depressing and completely lacks any remoteness of happiness. It is a story about bad things happening to good people who don’t deserve it.
It is a story about a girl who gets punished for something she had no control over.
Hardy does such a fantastic job portraying unhealthy and abusive relationships. He does a fantastic job of showing the absolute bullshit that women had to deal with in Victorian society.
A time when “purity” depended on the social construct of “virginity”.
A time in which we, unfortunately, are still living in.
So while Tess of the d'Urbervilles was extremely dry at times, and had me Googling words left and right, it is, no doubt, an important book.
It’s a book that made me so damn angry, so angry I wanted to cry.
and I don’t care if my raging feminist is showing, I will never not stop preaching about the importance of consent.