She knew how to hit to a hair’s-breadth that moment of evening when the light and the darkness
are so evenly balanced that the constraint of day and the suspense of night neutralize each other,
leaving absolute mental liberty. It is then that the plight of being alive becomes attenuated to its least possible dimensions.
She had no fear of the shadows; her sole idea seemed to be to shun mankind-or rather that cold
accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
– Tess D’Urbervilles
I started this book once before but I could not finish it. Once I got into the book I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the story, not the author’s writing. He seems to drag on when he definitely should not. But it was written in 1891 – so that happens. If you’re looking to read a classic I would recommend this one. It follows a young women named Tess through her teenage years and the trouble she has with her family and men. The basic problems – poor family, hard labor and love.
I knew I was enjoying this book when I got thoroughly angry at one part. I’m glad I finally got through this book.