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Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Events / Phase V: "The Woman Pays," Chapter Forty-Two
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Phase V: "The Woman Pays," Chapter Forty-Two Summary
The next day, several more young men bother her with compliments about her good looks. So Tess decides to try to make herself ugly, and clips off her eyebrows and ties a handkerchief around her face as though she had a toothache. This has the desired effect—now when she passes men on the road, they mumble to each other about what an ugly girl she is. Tess arrives at the place where Marian has been working, and is happy to see her, even though it's clear that Marian's fallen on hard times, too. Marian is surprised at Tess's appearance, since she's married to a gentleman and all. Marian assumes that whatever's wrong, it must be the fault of something outside both Tess and Angel, since she won't admit that either of them has any real faults. Marian offers to help Tess to get a job at the farm where she's working, even though it's tough work and not much fun. Tess doesn't really care what she does, so long as Marian agrees not to tell anyone about Angel—Tess doesn't want Angel's name to be associated with farm labor. Tess signs an agreement with the farmer's wife (the farmer's out for the day) to stay and work until "Old Lady Day" (in late March/early April). She sends a letter to her parents telling them where she's living, but not how poor she is—she's afraid that they'd think badly of Angel if they knew.
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