By the way it treats certain issues and by the tragic tinge that surrounds the fight of the characters in general and especially the denouement, Tess of the d’Urbervilles of Thomas Hardy approaches the novel Far from the Madding Crowd of the same writer.
Tess is the older daughter of the Durbeyfield, a poor family from Britain of the late 18th century, but who find out at some point that they would be descendants of an aristocratic family, d’Urbervilles. The girl is sent to work at d’ Urbervilles, in hope that they will help her get rich, but not knowing that the name is actually bought, and that this family has nothing to do with the old aristocrats. Life is unfair with the little aristocrat, whose title does not matter. Practically the entire novel revolves around the idea of fatalism. Tess will have to pay not only for the crime committed but also for all the injustices whose victim was.
Tess of the d’Urbervilles is not as easy to read as Far from the Madding Crowd. Remains however, a quite ‘romantic’ testimony of that era, perhaps because the action takes place in cities not so macabre described by Dickens.