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When Tess Of The D ' Urbervilles By Thomas Hardy

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When Tess of the D 'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy, was first published in 1891, it was released in serial version for The Graphic magazine and was heavily edited to provide for the Victorian sense of modesty and decency. Many important parts of the novel were omitted, moved, or simply altered, destroying some of the novel 's literary and symbolic meaning. Some of these differences between the original and edited versions completely altered the storyline of the novel, making it hard for readers to identify with characters and understand the motivation behind their actions. The edits made to Hardy 's original version alter vital sections of the novel, de-emphasizing themes and character development in the process. Phase The First of the serial version of the novel was released with drastic alterations that made it practically a different story. The first omission of the novel is the last two paragraphs of the 9th chapter and the entirety of the 10th and 11th chapters. At the end of the 9th chapter, Tess is whistling to Mrs. D 'Urberville 's finches and discovers that someone is in the room spying on her from behind the curtains. When Tess catches Alec hiding behind the curtains, she becomes even more distrustful of him, checking the curtains every day thereafter. This scene emphasizes Alec 's sneaky and devious nature and makes the reader wonder if his seemingly unplanned run-in with Tess later in the novel is really as coincidental as it seems. The main reason
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