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Tess of the d'Urbervilles, a Pure Woman - Thomas Hardy

Angel is a pig that only sees her as an asset, a conveniently useful tool for his new life...knew it from the get go and this quote simply confirmed it:

"...since you will probably have to leave at Christmas, it is in every way desirable and convenient that I should carry you off then as my property."