Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Explain the relationship between Alec and the Durbeyfields.

Tess of the d'Urbervilles Novel by Thomas Hardy
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Alec comes from a family of wealth. He is rapacious and possessive, believing that his status in society and his financial situation gives him power to possess and control Tess if he gives her a job tending to chickens. Alec looks down on the Durbeyfield family.