Tess of the d'Urbervilles Phase the Third: The Rally, Chapters 16–19: Summary and Analysis

Thomas Hardy

Phase the Third: The Rally, Chapters 16–19: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Dairyman Crick: the kindly and welcoming manager of Talbothays Dairy

Angel Clare: a 26-year-old looking for a direction in life

Reverend Clare: an earnest, traditional minister scandalized by his son’s freethinking nature

Summary
On a “thyme-scented” May morning, Tess leaves her home for the second time. She is sorry to depart, but she knows her younger siblings will fare better without the presence of their immoral sister.

She travels to the Valley of the Great Dairies, towards Talbothays Dairy. She mentally compares this valley to her native Vale of Blackmoor and notes the immense scale and natural beauty of her destination: “The...

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