Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Phase III: "The Rally," Chapter Twenty-Four Summary
- It's hot and it's July: the weather conditions for falling in love are just perfect.
- It's so hot that everyone's feeling it. The cows are crowding around even the smallest trees, trying to stay in the shade.
- The dairymaids and dairymen do the milking out in the field, rather than herding the cows into the barnyard, because it's cooler and easier.
- Tess picks up her stool and goes to milk one of her favorite cows, which is standing at a distance from the main part of the herd.
- Angel starts milking a cow that's close to it, so that he can watch her.
- He sneezes, and Tess becomes aware that he's there, watching her. She blushes.
- He jumps up, and rushes to her and hugs her.
- She at first relaxes into the hug, and hugs him back, but the cow gets grumpy and stamps its feet and reminds Tess that she shouldn't be hugging anyone.
- Angel pulls back, and admits that he loves her, and apologizes for surprising her when he should have asked first.
- Tess blushes and doesn't say much, and they both go back to their milking.
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