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Tess then stood erect with the infant on her arm beside the basin, the next sister held the Prayer-Book before her, as the clerk at church held it before the parson; and thus the girl set about baptizing her child.

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Source Notes: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman (Phase the Second, "Maiden No More"; chapter 14) (1891). Tess's child Sorrow is born out of wedlock. Since the church will not recognize the child, Tess sets out to care for its immortal soul by baptizing the child herself.

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