THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE
The Narrative’s Sequence
× Venn meets Thomasin after ‘some trifling irregularity in the licence’ (91) ‘a stupid mistake’ (94);
× Venn & Captain Vye tell Eustacia, who tells Wildeve;
× Guy Fawkes bonfire night (66); Rustics introduce the marriage 69/7;
× What Wildeve & Eustacia say is reported to Venn by Johnny Nonsuch who had previously returned to Eustacia to avoid the reddleman – setting in the train, Diggory tells Mrs Yeobright that he would like to marry Thomasin. This becomes her ‘weapon’ (152) – she speaks to Wildeve who then tells Eustacia who then finds ‘her lover was no longer to her an exciting man’ (157). Clym’s impending arrival is announced at this point.
× Once Eustacia stops looking for Clym, Hardy writes: ‘But Providence is nothing if not coquettish’ (175)
× Charlie arrives at the point that Eustacia feels she will not have enough time to meet Clym (177).
× Clym perceives that the mummer is not a boy.
× Eustacia meets Venn on the heath (205) and determines to use him as a messenger (208)
× Wildeve & Thomasin marry with Eustacia, brought by Venn, giving Thomasin away (220)
× Susan Nonsuch draws blood (237)
× Bucket in the well leads to Clym visiting Eustacia
× Clym gives the pot to Eustacia not to his mother (249)
× Clym and Eustacia meet on the night of the moon’s eclipse and express their love for each other (254)
× Mrs Yeobright hears that the Captain has said that Clym & Eustacia are to be married – she and Clym argue (261)
× Clym leaves (269)
× Thomasin’s money problems and the spade guineas introduced (271)
× Wildeve hears of the forthcoming Clym/Eustacia marriage (274)
× Wildeve accompanies Christian on his mission (282) and Venn follows (283)
× Christian loses both Thomasin’s and Clym’s money (287)
× Venn and Wildeve gamble (289)
× ‘Fortune had unmistakably fallen in love with the reddleman, tonight’ (291)
× Venn gives all the money to Thomasin (295)
× Mrs Yeobright visits Eustacia and argument ensues(302 –305)
× Thomasin gives Clym his share (308)
× Clym’s blindness (308)
× Clym takes up furze cutting
× The Gypsying (319)
× Eustacia and Wildeve dance (322)
× Venn sees a man detach himself from Eustacia’s side (327)
× ‘Help me to keep him home at my will in the evenings’ (328) is taken seriously by Venn
× Venn watches Wildeve (229-331)
× Venn tells Mrs Yeobright
× Both mother and son decide to see each other (334)
× Mrs Yeobright rests at a spot above Clym’s house
× Wildeve and Eustacia talk of their feelings near the sleeping Clym (344-6)
× The door is not answered to Mrs Yeobright (347)
× Mrs Yeobright meets Johnny Nonsuch
× Clym finds his mother (356)
× Captain Vye tells Eustacia of Wildeve’s £11,000 (362)
× Wildeve arrives
× Mrs Yeobright dies(368)
× Clym feels guilt and Eustacia agonises over whether to tell him that his mother did call
× Christian tells Clym that his mother had been on her way to see him (380)
× Venn calls to see Mrs Yeobright when Clym is there.
× Clym puzzles over why his mother should say she had forgiven him and also that she had not: ‘my mother was no impulsive woman who changed her opinion every hour without reason’ (384)
× Clym visits Susan Nonsuch (385) and Johnny reveals that Mrs Yeobright ‘was coming away’ (386)
× Clym confronts Eustacia (389)
× Charlie protects Eustacia from suicide (397 – 401)
× Charlie lights the bonfire (403)
× Clym talks with Thomasin (410 –412)
× Clym decides to wait a few days before sending to Eustacia (412)
× Clym’s letter to Eustacia (412)
× Clym’s letter is delivered late because Fairway forgot it (417) and Captain Vye does not give Eustacia the letter, wishing not to disturb her(418)
× Eustacia leaves the house and walks on the heath (420)
× Susan makes the effigy (422) Both Thomasin and Captain Vye arrive at Clym’s – spectres of elopement and suicide raised (426-7)
× Clym, Captain Vye and Thomasin all on the heath by 430
× Thomasin enlists Venn’s help (432)
× Events at Shadwater weir (436-9)
× Venn is present to the end of the scene (441)
× Book VI
× Clym wanders the heath
× Thomasin is modest in expenditure and lives with Clym, separately.
× Venn returns in Christian hue
× Maypole-day (452)
× Venn looks for glove (454)
× Thomasin discovers the glove is hers (456)
× Thomasin tells Clym she will marry Venn (464)
× Hardy points out that Venn ‘was to have retained his isolated and weird character to the last, and to have disappeared mysteriously from the heath’ (464)
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