"She'll soon leave off saying that," replied the one in buff. "Lord, 'tis wonderful what a body can get used to o' that sort in time!"

from Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D'Urbervilles Chapter 14: "Maiden No More" Lyrics on Rap Genius


As Tess' love for the baby grows, this woman predicts she will stop wishing for death — a mother has a powerful natural intuition to defend her baby’s life (and, in the service of her baby, her own life) at all costs

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