TESS’S BAG

ONE BAG, ONE WOMAN

THE BAG

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Sophia, the bag for the  “Daughters of Nature”

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Born from an idea of an architect with a professional artistic background, this clutch is entirely made from natural materials such as wood and cotton , but it is also called  Bois Rose or rosewood.

The wood comes from controlled forests so it is a very valuable and now very rare wood. All companies from which she purchases are certified by international bodies that can control the ecological production starting from wood growth to its processing.

The bag is unique because it is handmade and sewn with steel needle and thread. Moreover it is designed and built as an origami and that’s what makes it really unique.  The design may seem vaguely vintage but you can also wear it with an elegant dress,  worn with a metal strap or matched to a pair of jeans and high heels. So despite it recalls some vintage this is a versatile creation existing in two dimensions. (Small: little Sophia and Big: Sophia) needless to say ….. the name recalls the beauty of our local Sofia Loren.

THE CHARACTER : TESS 

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Her eyes are “neither black nor blue nor grey nor violet; rather all these shades together,” like “an almost standard woman.” …A mere vessel of emotion untinctured by experienced . . . for all her bouncing handsome womanliness, you could sometimes see her twelfth year in her cheeks, or her ninth sparkle from her eyes; and even her fifth would flit over the curves of her mouth now and then.

 Closer to a mythical incarnation of womanhood, Tess is intelligent, strikingly attractive, and distinguished by her deep moral sensitivity and passionate intensity.  There is aristocracy in Tess’s blood, visible in her graceful beauty—yet she is forced to work as a farmhand and milkmaid, so she  is a symbol of unclear and unstable notions of class in nineteenth-century Britain, where old family lines retained their earlier glamour, but where cold economic realities made sheer wealth more important than inner nobility. Tess’ mother, Joan, in her simplemindedness “has been discovering good matches for her daughter almost from the year of her birth.” Unfortunately,  her desire for Tess to make a good match leads to the girl’ s ruin.On occasion of the ancient celebration May Day, or May 1, dating back to pagan times, when the Romans celebrated the goddess Floralia, who represented new spring flowers, we get our first glimpse of the young girl Tess. She is a 16-year-old simple country girl, the eldest daughter of John and Joan Durbeyfield.  Dressed in white, she is a symbol of innocence and purity and gaiety at the celebration. The lovely, innocent young girl on the brink of womanhood  is among her friends at a May Day dance in honour of Maia, the goddess of May, celebrated for spring growth and replenishment in Marlott. Tess is neither sophisticated nor worldly and this character trait will leave her unprepared for the advances of a worldly man like Alec d’Urberville who, since from the beginning, will use all types of methods to achieve to coerce her to do as he wishes in nearly every encounter with her. Despite her obvious despair, he is predatory in his behavior and he doesn’t hesitate to  put her in a precarious position during their wild ride to The Slopes with the aim of  offering her salvation  unless she will accept a kiss. The cottage workers know what is about to happen “‘Heu-heu-heu!‘ they laugh since they know Tess is going ‘Out of the frying-pan into the fire!'” In fact, Alec eventually succeeds in seducing the young girl even if belonging to  the gentry class, there will be no consequences for him to endure. On the contrary, Tess, the victim, is the one who must live with the consequences of the act. The Victorian society is characterized by the different moral code for men and women :  Tess does her best to fight Alec’s unwelcome advances, but even though Tess spurns his advances, Alec is determined to have her or have his way with her on his own terms, “Let me put one little kiss on those holmberry lips, Tess, or even on that warmed cheek, and I’ll stop — on my honour, I will!”.  Tess is in a dangerous position  when she encounters  Alec d’Urberville because he will take full advantage of his position as the son of a wealthy family. He feels attracted by her beauty, but in her innocence and naivete, she cannot see the danger clearly or combat Alec successfully, that is why he achieves his goal and seduces her in the wood.  After her wedding to Angles Clare Tess and her husband confess their pasts to each other. She forgives Angel for his past indiscretions, but Angel cannot forgive Tess for having a child with another man. Although Angel’s past transgressions can be forgiven, Tess’, because she is a woman, cannot. Angel has idealized Tess so he cannot reconcile in his own mind how a woman who experienced what she has experienced can be the same woman he fell in love with. So Tess must bear not only the punishment, but the nagging concern that her sentence is too harsh.

From the middle of the building an ugly, flat-topped, octagonal tower ascended

against the east horizon, and viewed from this spot, on its shady side and

against the light, it seemed the one blot on the city’s beauty.

THE STORY : Tess of the d’Uberville

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The dawn shone full on the front of the man westward, and Clare could discern from this that he was tall and walked as if trained. They all closed in with evident purpose. Her story, then was

true! Springing to his feet, he looked around for a weapon, loose stone, means of escape, anything. By this time the nearest man was upon him.

“It is no use, sir,” he said. “There are sixteen of us on the plain, and the whole country is reared.”

“Let her finish her sleep!” he implored in a whisper of the men as they gatheredround.

When they saw where she lay, which they had not done till then, they showed no objection and stood watching her, as still as the pillars around.

The setting is in Wessex, in the south of England, during the late 1800s and Tess Durbeyfield’s fate is settled when her father , a poor peasant, learns that he may be a descendant of a noble family, the D’ Uberville. Feeling a rush of superiority, John hurries home to tell his family of the good news. He and his wife have seven children in all and  Tess, or Theresa, is the oldest.

One day Tess and her brother Abraham set out with the family horse to deliver beehives at a nearby farmer’s market. While en route, Tess and Abraham fall asleep in the wagon, and the horse, Prince, is killed accidentally by the local mail cart. Tess feels guilty so it is at this point that Joan Durbeyfield introduces the plan for Tess to visit their d’Urberville relations. Tess initially objects to the plan, but with the family horse now dead, she  agrees to visit the Stoke-d’Urbervilles to seek money or work. What Tess and her family do not know is that the Stoke-d’Urbervilles are not relatives at all. When she sees the home called The Slopes she notices that it is not old and established as she had expected. Instead, the house is a recently built. There Tess meets Alec d’Urberville, the young son of Mrs. d’Urberville. Alec is immediately taken by the young, beautiful maid, and he agrees to find a place for her at The Slopes. And, as Hardy says, “Thus the thing began.”

When Tess leaves home to work at The Slopes, Joan insists that Tess puts on her finest dress, ribbons in her hair and stockings for the occasion. Joan has Tess. Tess’ mother is  creating an image of Tess as a woman-child, which  for Tess is a dangerous situation. John Durbeyfield is oblivious to the situation into which his daughter has been sent and his wife, in her naivete , she believes that Tess’ beauty will win them all a measure of security and happiness by her association with the d’Urbervilles. This link between the mother’s fortunes and Tess’ foreshadows later events. Unfortunately, for Tess, the outcome will be even more dire. In fact, she meets Alec D’Uberville who will seduce her and abandon her soon after.

Tess takes refuge in a peaceful dairy farm where she has a baby that dies a little time after his birth. While working on the farm, Tess meets Angels Clare, a young man who has abandoned his family and religion to embrace liberal ideas. Angel and Tess get married but when she reveals him her past he is unable to overcome the prejudices and leaves her to emigrate to Brazil.

Tess spends all the money Angel has left her, helping her family and is then compelled to work at Flintcomb Ash where she meets Alec again. Although he has become a convert to Christianity, Alec convinces Tess to go and live with him. In return he will help her family. Alec insists that Angel will never return and has abandoned her but he returns from Brazil to look for Tess and to begin his own farm in England. When Angel finds Tess’ family, Joan informs him that Tess has gone to Sandbourne, a fashionable seaside resort in the south of England and now she is living as an upper-class lady with Alec d’Urberville. In the meeting with Angel, Tess asks him to leave and not return for her. Angel does leave but, after her meeting with Angel, Tess confronts Alec and accuses him of lying to her about Angel. In a fit of anger and fury, Tess murders stabs Alec. Later she  finds Angel to tell him of the deed and he welcomes her back. Angel now understand her and the two live an intense if brief week of happiness together before they are discovered at the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge, the ancient pagan monument.

They had proceeded thus gropingly two or three miles further when on a sudden Clare became conscious of some vast erection close in his front, rising sheer from the grass. They had almost struck themselves against it. “What monstrous place is this?” said Angel.

“It hums,” said she. “Hearken!” and Angel, perplexed, said, “What can it be?”

Feeling sideways, they encountered another tower-like pillar, square and uncompromising as the first; beyond it another and another. The place was all doors and pillars, some connected above by continuous architraves.

“A very Temple of the Winds,” he said.

“It is Stonehenge!” said Clare. “I don’t want to go any further, Angel,” she said, stretching out her hand for his. “Can’t we bide here?”

“I fear not .This spot is visible for miles by day although it does not seem so

now?” “One of my mother’s people was a shepherd hereabouts, now I think of it. And you used to say at Talbothays that I was a heathen. So now I am at home.”

The place is pervaded by mistery and greatness and here Tess feels comfortable and at ease, thus emphasizing her sense of affinity with the natural elements which also seem to sympathise with Tess’ suffering.

He knelt down beside her outstretched form and put his lips upon hers. “Sleepy are you, dear? I think you are lying on an altar”.

Angel recognizes that Tess is “lying on an altar”,  like a sacrifice to the ancient pagans who used to practice there. So, in a modern sense, Tess is sacrificed to the laws and morals of the nineteenth century.

“Angel, if anything happens to me, will you watch over Liza-Lu for my sake?” Tess asked when they had listened a long time to the wind among the pillars.

“She is so good and simple and pure. Oh, Angel- I wish you would marry her if you lose me, as you will do shortly. Oh, if you would!” “If I lose you I lose all!

The atmosphere of mystery is also achieved through an alternation between light and darkness, a technique which resembles that of chiaroscuro in painting.

Soon the light was strong, and a ray shone upon her unconscious form, peering under her eyelids and waking her. “What is it, Angel?” she said, starting up. “Have they come for me?” “Yes, dearest,” he said. “They have come.” “It is as it should be,” she murmured. “Angel, I am almost glad- yes, glad! This happiness could not have lasted. It was too much. I have had enough, and now I shall not live for you to despise me!” She stood up, shook herself, and went forward, neither of the men having moved. “I am ready,” she said quietly.

Tess’ last wishes are for Angel to marry her sister, Liza Lu for “‘She had all the best of me without the bad of me.” and, in the end, “Justice’ was done, and the President of the Immortals, in the Aeschylean phrase, had ended his sport with Tess.”

It it was with this blot, and not with the beauty, that the two gazers were concerned.Upon the cornice of the tower a tall staff was fixed. Their eyes were riveted on it. A few minutes after the hour had struck, something moved slowly up the staff and extended itself upon the breeze. 

It was a black flag.

The two speechless gazers bent themselves down to the earth, as if in prayer, and remained thus a long time, absolutely motionless; the flag continued to wave silently. As soon as they had strength, they arose, joined hands again, and went on.

After Tess’ execution  Angel and Liza Lu join hands and we understand that Angel will fulfill her request

By Valentina C.

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