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The Return of the Native Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Return of the Native

The tragic story of a handful of men and women who live on an isolated Heath in Victorian England. Love triangles ensue between the frustrated Eustacia Vye, discontent Damon Wildeve, naive Thomasin Yeobright, intelligent Clym Yeobright, possessive Mrs. Yeobright, and the shrewd Diggory Venn. Beautiful descriptions of the heathland (which is itself a central "character") by Hardy who carries this novel to a poetic and somewhat depressing close.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   19th century Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   love triangle/polygon Inside culture (main char)    -   British Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   British If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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