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The ne'er-do-well sire of a starving brood suddenly discovers a family connection to the aristocracy, and his selfish scheme to capitalize on their wealth sets a fateful plot in motion. Jack Durbeyfield dispatches his gentle daughter Tess to the home of their noble kin, anticipating a lucrative match between the lovely girl and a titled cousin. Innocent Tess finds the path to the d'Urberville estate paved with ruin in this gripping tale of the inevitability of fate and the tragic nature of existence.
Lexile Measure: 1160L
©2001. Author: Thomas Hardy. 322 pages, paperback, 5 by 8 inches, middle school/high school.