Tess of the d'Urbervilles: Chapter 33 - Summary

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      Love is always more zestful when done under some restrictions. Before becoming a husband, Angel wanted to enjoy full one romantic day with Tess, as a company of lover. The people say that the courtship always yields more enjoyment than the wedded life does. Therefore on the Christmas day, they set out for the town to shop. After shopping, when they returned to the inn where they had put, some body recognized Tess and told his companion that he had seen her in Trantridge. Very loudly, he put an odd remark which was much insulting. Angel gave him a hard blow on his face. The man apologized.

      At night Tess heard some knocking voices coming from the room of Angel. She went to see what had happened. Angel told her that he had been fighting with his leather bag in his dream under the impression that he was fighting with the same man of the inn. Tess returned. Angel’s warmth of love for her was the main cause of such a dream. She thought that if she did not tell him about her past it would be one more guilt, the chastisement which would be very hard to bear. She poured out her heart fully in a letter and slipped it in his room.

      The next morning she found no change in Angel. She was pleased to think that Angel had forgiven her. At once one more disastrous idea came to her — it was just possible that the letter might have been misplaced. She studied his face more penetratingly but could riot derive any meaning. She waited for many days but Angel never mentioned a thing about the letter. On the morning of her marriage, she went to his room and found that the letter had slid under the carpet. She took it out, went to her room, tore it off and began to weep. The circumstances did not want her to tell. For many times, that day, she tried, to disclose it to Angel but Angel who was busy in the bustles of marriage said that the confessions after the marriage would amuse them. He added that at that time she should not bore him by the futile talks. He told that he himself would also confess his weakness and a mistake done by him. Such generosity on the part of Angel made her sufficiently light.

      None of their relatives reached on their wedding. The whole management was in the hands of Mr. and Mrs. Crick. They had given them a very fine party. When the wedded couple came out of the gate of Church, Tess saw a ceremonial coach. The coach looked her somewhat familiarly and she told this thing to Angel. Angel said that, that was impossible, she would have conceived the image of the coach from the story in which a d’Urberville had done a very hideous crime in the family coach. Since then the members of the family see this old coach in their dreams and are always familiar with it.

      On the eve of the same day they had to depart for their new place where Angel had resolved to learn the flour-mill work. When they were riding, Tess saw that her companions were standing in a row by the side of a wall. All were very much distressed. Tess asked Angel to give each of them a kiss. Angel kissed them turn by turn returned to his coach. The kiss of charity disturbed them rather than comforting. They all began to sob. Tess was very sorry for them. But the cure was not in her hands. When the coach moved, something happened which is taken very ominous. The cock crowed though it was afternoon. The afternoon crow was very bad. Angel shrugged his shoulders and whipped the horse.

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