Tess of the DUrbervilles
Thomas Hardy
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Chapter 52

The moving day arrives, and thankfully it does not rain. A wagon passes with Marian and Izz, and Tess goes over to greet her friends. They see that she is unhappy, owing to Angel’s continued absence, and they scheme to write an anonymous letter to Angel describing Tess’ virtue and longing. Meanwhile, Tess and her family travel a great distance to Kingsbere, but they find out that their original lodging accommodations have fallen through and they are homeless. Ingeniously, Joan decides to set up in the old d’Urberville vaults.

Alec d’Urberville passes by, and Joan tells him that Tess is visiting the church. He surprises her, and again Tess turns him away, lamenting that she is still alive.

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