Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Still my favorite book ( -- well, along with Crowley's Little, Big). The recent PBS version is wonderful (perfectly cast; we're all quite mad for Gemma and Hans Matheson at our house), true to Hardy. The full version is here (that seems the best; youtube order is hard to follow). Sad to say that the online Amazon version is abridged. Please -- go buy the full DVD :)
I know Hardy would also recommend this telling, which gets to the deep heart of it: Persephone: Tess as Pagan Figure
Once again -- follow the imagery of fire, earth, water, smoke/mist: the quaternity that represented the original elements as Empedocles and those before him spoke of so many years ago: All water, the tears of Persephone: The deflowering that is destructive, creative, and transforming: The necessary agony of the conditions of incarnation.