In chapter XXVIII Angel nags Tess to marry him. He finally agrees to give her a few days to think about it. At the end of the chapter she decides she’ll marry him.
On the Sunday that Tess is supposed to give her answer to Angel their is a discussion at the breakfast table about a local man who married a woman for her money. Only, she didn’t tell him before the marriage that the money she had would disappear when she married. The Crick’s and the milkers discuss whether it was wrong of her to lie to the man she was marrying.
Tess freaks out and leaves, Angel follows her.
She tells him she cannot marry him. He really thought she was going to say yes and has to stifle his impulse to kill her. Perplexed, Angel leaves her.
Two or three weeks goes by and Angel tries a different tactic. “Now, Miss Flirt, before you go down.” Wow, what a way to retry your proposal. She’s a bit insulted (shocking) by this and tells him not to call her that because it’s cruel and untrue.
They go on to have a sweet conversation about how they love each other and although Angel never intended to kill Tess, he does give her a kiss on the cheek. After the exchange, at breakfast, we find out that the maid, Marion, noticed their late arrival to breakfast.
Later in the day they talk again and Tess again offers up one of the other maids as a better wife. But he says no. Ok, he actually says, “O’Tessy!” But he means he only wants Tessy.
Then Mr. Crick realizes they are late with a milk delivery. Angel volunteers to go, and asks Tess to accompany him. She tries to refuse, but agrees to go. I guess neither of them realizes that she doesn’t have a good track record with wagon rides…