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Bachelor of Arts in English


Deborah A. Robinson,Ph. D.


In Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, one can find many types of individuals who follow the Christian faith. In Tess, one finds the good Christian woman who exemplifies the morals expected, yet at no fault of her own is thrown to the wayside but he faithful neighbors. In her two male counters, Angel Clare and Alec d'Urberville, we see the spectrum in which her "neighbors" fall. With Angel, one sees someone who can quote scripture from memory yet is conflicted when it comes to practicing what the words say. In Alec, one finds the individual who commits dastardly deeds, but once he finds "Jesus" is saved off all his sins. In this essay, one will determine which is worse: "love ofreligion [or] the religion of love" (Distracted Preacher, 75).