In chapter XXXII Tess and Angel set a date of New Years Eve for their wedding, then Tess panicks, again. But, she doesn’t tell Angel about her past.
Before their wedding Angel decides he would like to have a little getaway with Tess (don’t worry, they’re not shacking up overnight or anything crazy like that). They go on Christmas Eve and do some shopping and then stay at an Inn for the night.
While waiting for Angel in the lobby a man notices Tess, he’s from Tantridge. He starts to make a comment about her and stops himself, but not before Angel heard him. Angel simply punches the guy in the face. The man decides to keep his mouth shut and appologizes, insisting that he confused her with someone else. Angel does what he normally does in these cases, gives the man 5 shillings. What? Angel didn’t seem like the type to go around punching people, how the heck does he have a normal behavior for this? While I like his defense of Tess, I’m a bit concerned about this violence.
Outside the man from Tantridge confirms to his friend that she is the girl he thought she was. Meanwhile Tess and Angel are off in the carriage and Tess asks if they can postpone the wedding, if need be. Angel laughs her off, as he often does when she gets all worried about things. Tess thinks to herself that they should get the heck out of this area and go far far away, and all will be fine.
Later that night Tess hears some strange noises from Angel’s attic and goes to check on him. He says he was having a dream that he was fighting with that man. Then he comments, “I am occasionally liable to these freaks in my sleep.” What? This caught my attention for 2 reasons. Christian Grey is also know for having bad dreams and I’m wondering what other skeletons Angel has in his closet.
Tess freaks out, again. She decides she must tell Angel the truth about her past. Since she can’t do it in person, she writes it in a letter and sticks it under his door and goes back to not sleeping for the night. The next morning and in the following days he gives no indication of having read the letter.
After a few days of nothing from Angel, Tess decides (on her wedding day) to check and see if Angel saw the letter. The letter is sitting on the floor under the rug, untouched. Tess destroys the letter but considers telling Angel. When she finally finds an opportunity to tell him, he tells her he doesn’t want to ruin their day with confessions of their failings. Famous last words!
While Tess is worrying about this, Angel is worrying about his family. He invited his parents and brothers to the wedding. He never heard back from his brothers and his parents only sent a note saying they thought he was rushing into marriage, that he could do better then a dairymaid but that he was old enough to make his own decisions. Tess did better for herself by not inviting anyone from home…
When they came down from their rooms they found that the Cricks had decorated their house in honor of the marriage. I have to say, since I suspect we wont be hearing from the Cricks’ again, they are a really sweet couple and very supportive of Angel and Tess. I’ll miss them.
The Cricks accompany Tess and Angel to the church to serve as their witnesses. Only about a dozen people were present for the wedding, which made no difference to Tess. The story goes on to tell us that while Angel knows that Tess loves him, he does not realize the true depth of her love for him.
OMG, they really got married. I really thought that Tess’ secret was going to come out and keep them from getting married. But, in true Thomas Hardy form, he has to make the secret coming out much more dramatic and this will certainly do that.
After the wedding Tess notices the big dark and gloomy carriage that was hired to take them back to the farm and it freaks her out a bit. Angel doesn’t want to tell the story, but mentions that there is a legend behind this d’Urberville coach. “A certain d’Urberville of the sixteenth or seventeeth century committed a dreadful crime in his family coach; and since that time members of the family see or hear the old coach whenever-But I’ll tell you another day-it is rather gloomy. Evidently some dim knowledge of it has been brought back to your mind by the sight of this venerable caravan.”
Later that afternoon Tess and Angel were to leave for their first night as husband and life in Wellbridge Mill. As they are saying goodbye to their friends at the dairy Tess prompts Angel to give each of the girls a goodbye kiss. While it meant nothing to Angel it seems to have left the girls feeling a bit more nostaligic about what they didn’t get (Angel). I thought it was a sweet gesture, but yea, it probably wouldn’t help me get over the man I had fallen in love with.
As they walk out the door a cock crows. Nope, never thought I would find a way to say that in a sentence… Men standing outside when it happened, comment that it’s bad. There is another cock crow. This is making Tess tense and the cock crows again. Mr. Crick threatens to ring the cock’s neck, see how good he is to Tess! After Tess and Angel leave and Mr. and Mrs. Crick are inside he comments, “now, to think o’ that just to-day! I’ve not heard this crow of an afternoon all the year afore.”
Mrs. Crick comments back “it only means a change in the weather, not what you think: ’tis impossible.”
I hate to break it to you Mrs. Crick, it means what he thinks it means…