Life now became rather difficult for the Durbeyfields．Without Prince to carry loads，John Durbeyfield could not buy and sell as he used to．He had never worked hard or regularly，and now he only occasionally felt like working．Tess wondered how she could help her parents．One day her mother made a suggestion．
eg: He makes mistakes occasionally, but not often.
eg: Shall I give you a written suggestion?
‘It's lucky we've found out about your noble blood，Tess．Do you know there's a very rich lady called Mrs d’Urberville living on the other side of the wood？ She must be our relation．You must go to her and claim relationship with her，and ask for same help in our trouble．’
eg: In just a few years, the great noble families were stripped of their privileges.
‘I wouldn't like to do that，’said Tess．‘If there is such a lady，it would be enough to be friendly．We can't expect help from her．’
‘You could persuade anybody，my dear．Besides，something else might happen．You never know．’And her mother nodded wisely．
eg: : I am trying to persuade him to give up the attempt.
‘I'd rather try to get work，’said Tess sadly．