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Chapters 28, 29, and 30

Chapter 28

Although Angel had hoped for an enthusiastic yes, Tess' refusal does not daunt him, thinking that she just needs time to consider the matter. That they have already become intimate, he feels, is a sure sign of her acceptance sometime in the near future. However, when he pursues the question, Tess remains noncommittal, telling him that he does not know what he is getting into with her. Tess, meanwhile, is struggling inwardly with her undying love for Angel and her stern vow of remaining alone for the rest of her life. Almost everyone in the dairy is now aware of their relations, and sadly even the girls acknowledge that Tess is the victor, though they do not blame her. Finally, Angel cannot stand it anymore and demands an explanation for Tess' aloof statements, and Tess agrees to explain the matter to him on Sunday. As the days pass, Tess is overwhelmed by her dilemma, until her heart wins out. She bemoans her vow, crying that she must be with Angel, even though it will wrong him not to know her past.

Chapter 29

The next morning, there is news about Jack Dollop, the man whose tragic love choices stopped the butter churn that one time. He has married a woman of wealth, but their very marriage ends her stream of money, to spite Jack. The field hands have a good laugh at the story, but again Tess is saddened by the news, knowing the reality of the sorrow like no other.
It is Sunday, the day on which she promised to reveal the truth to Angel, and although she had been consigned to say yes the previous evening, the story reminds her of her misery and again, she refuses. Angel is perplexed, and he now proceeds to win her over at whatever cost. She is wooed like no woman has ever been, and she knows that she will soon lose her resolve and relent. He is overcome with his desire for her.
That afternoon, Mr. Crick discovers that a shipment of milk must be immediately delivered to the station, and Angel volunteers to drive it over, if Tess will accompany him. She agrees with some persuasion, although she is not properly dressed for the ride, and they head off.

Chapter 30

As they drive, they bask in the comfort of each other's company in silence. It soon begins to rain, and Tess regrets having come. Angel sees that she is cold but tells her that he is very glad they are there together. He tries to distract her from the bad weather by describing their surroundings, telling of the great family d'Urbervilles, which had fallen from its heights. Tess does not make much of a reply, and the two travel on until they reach the station and make their delivery.
As they drive back to the dairy, Angel once again pushes the issue of their marriage, and while Tess tries to dissuade him, she finally reveals that she is a descendent of the d'Urbervilles. Angel is surprised that this is her secret, but Tess explains how she learned from Mr. Crick that Angel hates old families. Angel laughs, and soon to Tess' relief, he is even glad to know since he feels his mother will take an even larger liking to Tess with her noble blood-line. Angel tries to persuade her to change the spelling of her last name, but Tess refuses, being reminded of Alec. Angel continues pushing for an affirmative response, and Tess finally agrees, although she begins to cry at the realization that she has broken her vow of secrecy. The two embrace passionately, with both being convinced of the other's undying love.
Tess asks if it would be okay to inform her mother in Marlott of her news, and Angel laughs at her innocence. Moreover, he finally realizes where he has seen Tess before, and Tess hopes it is not an ill-omen that he did not choose to dance with her back then.

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