Augusta Way was 18 when Thomas Hardy spotted her milking cows on her father's farm. Hardy was so struck by the teenager's rustic beauty that he based his famous 1891 novel Tess of The D'urbervilles on his memory of her. While Augusta's tranquil life may not have borne much resemblance to that of the doomed Tess - a country girl seduced by a cad and forced to deal with the consequences of her lost virtue - Augusta was well aware of her connection to the character, and of the jealousy of Hardy's wife, Florence. When Hardy adapted the novel for the stage years later, he hand-picked Augusta's daughter Gertrude (left) to play Tess, because she bore such a striking resemblance to her mother. Pictures of both women were recently unearthed by Augusta's daughter Norrie Woodhall, now 102. [Daily Mail]

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