Tess of the d'Urbervilles Phase the Third: The Rally, Chapters 20–24: Summary and Analysis

Thomas Hardy

Phase the Third: The Rally, Chapters 20–24: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Retty Priddle: a young milkmaid, fair and auburn-haired, in love with Angel Clare

Izz Huett: a pale, dark-haired milkmaid, in love with Angel Clare

Marian: the oldest of the three milkmaids in love with Angel Clare

Summary
Under the influence of the warm summer sun and a natural world teeming with the sights and juices of regeneration and fertilization, the attraction between Tess Durbeyfield and Angel Clare continues to grow. Possibly by chance, the two are the first up each day at the dairy, and they view each other in the “aqueous” light of dawn. Tess appears nearly a goddess of feminine beauty, a “divinity.” Clare’s appreciation for her...

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