Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Fate and Free Will Quotes
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'I couldn't help your seeing me again!' (56.107)
Alec argues that his meeting with Tess again after so many years was fate, and that it means that they are meant to get back together. Tess still argues against fate, and insists that it's free will, and not fate, that makes the world go round. Of course, once again, her will wasn't consulted in the matter: she couldn't "help" that he saw her again.