When Tess arrived home the following afternoon a letter had already been received by her mother．It appeared to come from Mrs d’Urberville，and offered Tess work looking after chickens． Joan Durbeyfield was delighted．
解析：appear 出现、显得；似乎、好像 文中的"appear"取“似乎、好像”的意思。
eg: Real returns also appear to be mixed.
‘It's just a way of getting you there without raising your hopes．She's going to recognize you as family，I'm sure of it．’
解析：be sure of 确信、对……有把握
eg: I am sure of that the team will win the game.
‘I would rather stay here with father and you，’said Tess，looking out of the window．
解析：would rather 宁愿、宁可
eg: He said he would rather not tell his age.
‘I'd rather not tell you， mother．I don't really know．’
A few days later when Tess came back from looking for work， the children came running out and danced round her．
解析：look for 寻找
eg; He began to look for a new job immediately after he was fired.
‘The gentleman's been here！’they shouted.