From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement