The Return of the Native / Edition 1

The Return of the Native / Edition 1

by Thomas Hardy, A. Walton Litz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0395052017

ISBN-13: 9780395052013

Pub. Date: 01/02/1960

Publisher: Cengage Learning

"O deliver my heart from this fearful gloom and loneliness," prays the passionate Eustacia Vye, who detests her life amid the dreary environs of Egdon Heath. With the return of Clym Yeobright from Paris, her escape from the heath and its brooding isolation appears to be at hand. Clym finds in Eustacia the same dark mystery of his native heath, and his irresistible…  See more details below

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"O deliver my heart from this fearful gloom and loneliness," prays the passionate Eustacia Vye, who detests her life amid the dreary environs of Egdon Heath. With the return of Clym Yeobright from Paris, her escape from the heath and its brooding isolation appears to be at hand. Clym finds in Eustacia the same dark mystery of his native heath, and his irresistible attraction to them both leads to a clash of idealism and realism. Thomas Hardy's timeless tale of a romantic misalliance embodies his view of character as fate and underscores the tragic nature of ordinary human lives. Despite his grim outlook, Hardy charms readers with the warmth and vitality of his characters, his loving portraits of the English countryside, and his realistic recreations of local dialect. Shakespearian in its intricate plotting and deft irony, The Return of the Native ranks among the author's greatest works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395052013
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/02/1960
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Book 1The Three Women
I.A Face on Which Time Makes But Little Impression1
II.Humanity Appears upon the Scene, Hand in Hand with Trouble4
III.The Custom of the Country9
IV.The Halt on the Turnpike Road25
V.Perplexity among Honest People29
VI.The Figure against the Sky39
VII.Queen of Night49
VIII.Those Who Are Found Where There Is Said to Be Nobody54
IX.Love Leads a Shrewd Man into Strategy58
X.A Desperate Attempt at Persuasion65
XI.The Dishonesty of an Honest Woman72
Book 2The Arrival
I.Tidings of the Comer79
II.The People at Blooms-End Make Ready83
III.How a Little Sound Produced a Great Dream86
IV.Eustacia Is Led on to an Adventure89
V.Through the Moonlight97
VI.The Two Stand Face to Face102
VII.A Coalition Between Beauty and Oddness111
VIII.Firmness Is Discovered in a Gentle Heart118
Book 3The Fascination
I."My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is"127
II.The New Course Causes Disappointment131
III.The First Act in a Timeworn Drama137
IV.An Hour of Bliss and Many Hours of Sadness148
V.Sharp Words Are Spoken, and a Crisis Ensues154
VI.Yeobright Goes, and the Breach Is Complete159
VII.The Morning and the Evening of a Day165
VIII.A New Force Disturbs the Current175
Book 4The Closed Door
I.The Rencounter by the Pool183
II.He Is Set upon by Adversities; But He Sings a Song188
III.She Goes Out to Battle Against Depression196
IV.Rough Coercion Is Employed205
V.The Journey Across the Health211
VI.A Conjuncture, and Its Result upon the Pedestrian214
VII.The Tragic Meeting of Two Old Friends222
VIII.Eustacia Hears of Good Fortune and Beholds Evil228
Book 5The Discovery
I."Wherefore Is Light Given to Him That Is in Misery"235
II.A Lurid Light Breaks in Upon a Darkened Understanding241
III.Eustacia Dresses Herself on a Black Morning248
IV.The Ministrations of a Half-Forgotten One254
V.An Old Move Inadvertently Repeated258
VI.Thomasin Argues with Her Cousin, and He Writes a Letter263
VII.The Night of the Sixth of November268
VIII.Rain, Darkness, and Anxious Wanderers274
IX.Sights and Sounds Draw the Wanderers Together282
Book 6Aftercourses
I.The Inevitable Movement Onward291
II.Thomasin Walks in a Green Place by the Roman Road298
III.The Serious Discourse of Clym with His Cousin300
IV.Cheerfulness Again Asserts Itself at Blooms-End, and Clym Finds His Vocation304

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