Tess of the d'Urbervilles

I have just read through a novel. It was really a sad story. I think I will not read Thomas Hardy’s novels any more. Tess of the d’Urbervilles

" ‘Justice’ was done, and the President of the Immortals, in Aeschylean
phrase, had ended his sport with Tess. "

It certainly is a tragic story…the scene where she baptises her baby was originally censored when the story was first published because it was considered too sacreligious.

I used to say that I liked reading sad stories, but this novel is too dark and depressing.

Have you read other Victorian authors?

I read several novels by Charles Dickens and one by Anthony Trollope. Is Jane Austin “pre-Victorian” novelist?

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Yes, Austin is pre-Victorian…