How the story of Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles shows the author’s intention to challenge the Victorian idea of “purity”?

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Tess’s fallen state is very much linked to her loss of sexual purity, as she is ostracised by her family when she tells them what happened and becomes notorious around town as a sinner and at church, she has to endure the whispers of the townspeople. Hardy foreshadows Tess’s ostracism following her rape when he writes ‘an immeasurable social chasm was to divide our heroine’s personality thereafter…’. This relates to the ostracism of ‘fallen women’...
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