Notes from class:
T The first event which contributes to the final turning point is when Tess’s father is approached by Parson Tringham.
I Tess’s father is surprised when he is shown his d’Urberville heritage.
Q The Parson says to him, while walking home, “Good night Sir John.”
E It is interesting that Tringham uses the name “Sir”.
E From this, we learn that in the past the Durbeyfields had been a wealthy family.
S The idea is continued when Tringham remarks on John’s nose.
Q Tringham says, “There’s the d’Urberville profile. A little abased.”
E The use of the word “abased” is intended to show that the d’Urberville genes have been corrupted, but it also symbolises the complete decline of the family.
E This idea connects with the fact that the family name has “abased” from the noble “d’Urberville” to the common “Durbeyfield”.
C These examples both show how Jack’s discovery of his ancient heritage, and from this point forward everything changes.