A very eventful day for Tess. In one day she has:
- walked 15 miles from Flintcomb-Ash to Emminster
- been put off introducing herself at the vicarage by overhearing talk about herself
- lost her boots (FFS)
- ran into the man who debauched her
- swore an oath by a monument that was cursed
- walked 15 miles back
I noticed she called Alec Stoke-d'Urberville Alec rather than Mr d'Urberville. Presumably she feels she cannot call him by his formal title. She speaks frankly to him, which implies she feels they are on intimate terms even though she does not want to be.
You'd think by now she'd start thinking whether she was better off just jumping in the river and having done with it. She's started thinking things like "Bygones would never be complete bygones till she was a bygone herself." The phrase petite mort was mentioned. Hardy seems to be preparing us for the worst.
At least Izz seems to have found someone nice (I hope he is nice). I wondered whether any of the other chaps at the dairy were any good.