Tess of the d'Urbervilles Characters

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Mercy Chant

The only daughter of a friend and neighbor of the Clares, Mercy Chant is the girl Angel Clare's parents hope he will marry. She is religious and holds Bible classes but appears cold and unyielding. She ends up married to Angel's brother, Cuthbert.

Cuthbert Clare

A classical scholar, and a fellow and dean of his college at Cambridge, Cuthbert Clare is Angel's eldest brother. He seems to think of nothing but his academic work, and has little patience for those not sharing his interests. He marries Mercy Chant.

Reverend James Clare

Angel's father, Reverend James Clare, is a respected minister who is known for "his austere and Calvinist tenets." He and his wife live a frugal existence in Emminster. Although he seems cold, "the kindness his heart was such that he never resented anything for long." His compassion is demonstrated when, although he is disappointed that Angel...

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