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

Thomas Hardy

Phase the Third: The Rally, Chapters 20–24: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Who are usually the first two people to wake each day at Talbothays?

2. What names does Angel call Tess?

3. What is responsible for the Talbothays butter having a bitter “twang”?

4. What is Tess’s opinion of herself as a woman as compared to the other milkmaids?

5. Who carries Tess, Marian, Izz, and Retty across a flooded lane?

6. What quality exhibited by Angel earns him Tess’s respect?

7. How do the milkmaids react when they surmise Angel’s affections are only for Tess, and why have the milkmaids thought it unlikely Angel would consider them as future wives?

8. Whom is Angel supposed to marry?

9. What technique does Tess use in milking cows?

10. What part of Tess’s body is deemed by Angel to be the most enticing?

Answers
1. Angel and Tess, “possibly not always by chance,” are the first two people to arise each day at the dairy-house.

2. Angel calls her Artemis and Demeter, the names of women from Greek mythology. Artemis was the virgin goddess of the hunt; Demeter was the goddess of fertility.

3. A few garlic shoots in a nearby meadow are responsible for imparting a bitter flavor to the butter recently produced at Talbothays. The last time this happened, Dairyman Crick thought the meadow was “bewitched”; now he has arrived at a more plausible hypothesis.

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