Mrs Yeobright

Copyrighted Illustration: (Leighton woodcut)

The country woman who has town values.  She is not able to reconcile the irreconcilable – she cannot fathom the problem of ‘doing well’ and being.  Her journey is one of loneliness, despair and death.  The thriving life of the heath is juxtaposed with her journey from the hut.  Her death is dignified by the boy’s subsequent narration in a passive, casual and innocent voice.

×          83  84  151  152  170  173  232  248 251  262  303

×          ‘Who had once dreamt of doing better things’ (83)

×          ‘the solitude exhaled from the heath was concentrated in this face that had risen from it’ (83)

×          ‘The air with which she looked at the heathmen [indirectly implied] that in some respect or other they were not up to her level (83)

×          Her normal manner among the heathfolk had that reticence which results from the consciousness of superior communicative power. (83)

×          enters p 82

×          ‘She…thinks so much of her family respectability’ (95)

×          Wants Thomasin ‘to look a little higher than a small dairy farmer, and marry a professional man’ (133)

×          ‘Your fancies will be your ruin, Clym’ (233)

×          ‘Good girls don’t get treated as witches even on Egdon’ (237)

×          Both she and Eustacia ironically want Clym to go back to Paris (257)

×          ‘the combination [of the two schemes] was more than she could bear. (261)

×          ‘blank despair (270)

×          described as a bird (271)

×          ‘You have seen a broken-hearted woman cast off by her son’ (350)

×          died on the heath like an animal kicked out’ (375)

×          ‘in [Clym’s memory] she was the sublime saint’ (473]


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