Manuscript evidence suggests that the period of Tess's dejection at Marlott idea that Hardy had wished to stress its part in bringing the mature Tess into being.
As if she hadn't been writing, “Mrs. Dashiell Black” and “Mrs. Tess Black” on every napkin from the Brooklyn Deli to Capizio's Pizza by the Slice. Mature, Tess.
coldheartedness, and Alec D'Urberville's conventional villainy, one doubts whether any inducement would have driven the mature Tess back to degradation .
Tess's response prompted a laugh from the others seated around the dining room table of the “A fine wine isn't fit to drink until it's had a chance to mature.
One evening Tess and Clare were obliged to sit indoors keeping house, all the It was no mature woman with a long dark vista of intrigue behind her who was.