Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Five

“Did it never STRIKE your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?”

Tess’s first outburst against Alec. Alec says that all women claim that they did not know they were being seduced after they had been seduced – as a way of defending their honour. However, Tess’s naivety is truthful, and it angers her that he can be so dismissive of her feelings.