In chapter XXXIII Tess is recognized by a man from Tantridge and Angel defends her honor. Then they get married and there are a bunch of signs that something bad will happen.
In chapter XXXIV Tess and Angle ride to the location where they are to spend their wedding night, an ancestral mansion of the d’Urbervilles. For a man who says he’s unimpressed by old fancy names, he seems awful impressed by Tess’ ancestry.
The farmer who owned the place had gone away so the only person around was a local woman to see to their needs. In other words, they were actually going to have a nice private and intimate visit. In the house there were 2 portraits of d’Urberville woman that were, well… One had a smirk suggesting treachery the other was the arrogant type that haunts your dreams. Tess was not a fan.
But Tess and Angel have a nice afternoon together, expressing their love to each other. It’s all quite sweet and mushy. The type of stuff us singles girls pretend to gag at. While they are waiting for their luggage to arrive a package arrives for Tess.
When Angel’s godmother passed away she left a necklace, with pendant, bracelets and earrings, as well as some other ornaments to the wife of Angel. The package was sent by Angel’s parents with a note, basically saying – we don’t approve of this marriage but we agreed to do this, so here. They have another romantic moment where she tries on the jewels.
While they are having dinner their baggage finally arrives. While Tess and Angel were getting married Retty, one of the girls from the dairy, tried to drown herself and Marion went off and got drunk.
Because of all this, she decides to fess up about her past. Angel also, independently, decided now was a good time to confess sins too, seems he had been considering this for some time. And so they have a chat about their pasts.
It seems Angel had a time when he was feeling a little down in London and “plunged into eight-and-foty hours’ dissipation with a stranger.” When he woke from it he realized is error and never saw her again and never repeated the offense. He then asks for her forgiveness, which she readily gives.
She then goes on and tells her own story, including the results of it. And the chapter and phase of the book end.
So are you wondering what the next phase is? It’s The Woman Pays. Hmm, I don’t think Angel is going to be so understanding.