Tess of the d'Urbervilles Phase the Fifth: The Woman Pays, Chapters 35–44: Summary and Analysis

Thomas Hardy

Phase the Fifth: The Woman Pays, Chapters 35–44: Summary and Analysis

Summary
Angel simply cannot think after Tess’s revelation. Tess pleads to be forgiven as she has forgiven Angel, but to Angel it is as if he is looking at another woman in the shape of Tess. The pair wander the countryside at night, Tess walking behind Clare. Tess even volunteers to kill herself, but Angel will not allow such an absurd action. When they get home, Tess goes into their bedroom and eventually falls asleep. Clare is about to enter the room when he is checked by the sight of the merciless, arrogant portraits of Tess’s D’Urberville ancestors, which bear a resemblance to her.

For several days, the newlyweds lead a formal existence. Angel demands to know if her story is true; Tess sadly says...

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