Tess of the d'Urbervilles depicts the struggles of a young woman, Tess. Throughout the novel, misfortune seems to follow her. She accidentally kills her family's horse, she becomes pregnant after being seduced by Alec d'Urberville, and her baby only lives for a few weeks. Finally, she meets and falls in love with Angel Clare, only to have him reject her once he learns about Alec. The novel focuses on the injustices Tess experiences, in part because she is a woman and in part because of her social station.