‘’IS TESS A PURE WOMAN?........’’’.. WHEN Tess of the D’Urbervilles published, it caused a storm. many people fond the sub-title of the book offensive. They did not understand how Tess could be called pure woman when her sexual and criminal guilt were beyond dispute. Hardy regretted the fact that the critics had ignored the meaning of the word ‘pure’ in nature. (……………..
‘’TESS GIVES NO ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALEC…….. IT is clear from events preceding the seduction, that Tess in no way encourages Alec in his amorous advances. From the beginning. She shows a natural modesty and a chaste independence of mind and body. she wipes off the kiss he gives her on her second journey to The slopes. In short, she is not at all responsible for to enhance Alec.
‘’NO SURRENDER OF THE HEART;OR THE SPIRIT’’ ‘Mrs. Durbeyfield reacts in the ‘natural’ way to Tess’s sad experience;- ‘’Tis nater after all; and what do please God’’ Sex is a natural activity and Tess is a child of Nature. Nature is neither benevolent nor malevolent. Nature is not a force for good not for bad. so Tess’s surrender was natural course of animalistic event.
‘’MENTALLY AND MORALLY SAINTLESS’’ PURITY is of the spirit and with a spiritual reference, the word ‘’pure’’ may be unconditionally applied to her. Whether morality be of the mind, or of the Heart. Or of both, there can not be two separable opinions. Mentally and morally she is saint less, with strong intent of revolution.
In short; Tess’s loss of the Maidenhood under entangle circumstances is not the loss of her purity. Her flesh is tainted but her spirit continues to be pious.