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Chapter 40 Notes from Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles Chapter 40

Before leaving for Brazil, Angel has to return to the d'Urberville manor and pay the rent and return the key. For a moment, while he's there, he thinks he may have been unfair to Tess. While he's locking up, Izz stops by to visit thinking Tess may be there. Angel takes her home and along the way he prompts her to confess her love for him. He tells her that he and Tess are separated and asks her to go with him to Brazil. She agrees to go although both she and Angel know what they're planning is wrong. He asks if she loves him, and she says yes, but when he asks if she loves him more than Tess does, she says, "nobody could love 'ee more than Tess did! . . . She would have laid down her life for 'ee. I could do no more." Chapter 40, pg. 265 Angel turns the carriage around and takes Izz home feeling somewhat kinder toward Tess but knowing that their situation has not changed.

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