Tess of the d'Urbervilles Chapter 7
Joan insists that Tess dress up to go to Tantridge, although Tess prefers to dress plainly. When the cart appears to take Tess to Tantridge, Alec appears in a carriage so that Tess can ride with him. She doesn't want to ride with him, but she gives in to his persuasion as her mother watches from the foot of the hill at the edge of Marlott. That night Joan worries that Alec's intentions toward Tess may not be as honorable as she had hoped, but she consoles herself with the idea that Tess's beauty will win him over in the end and he will marry her.