The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native Book 5, Chapter 1 Summary
"Wherefore Is Light Given to Him That Is in Misery"
- It's now been three weeks since Mrs. Yeobright died.
- Eustacia is hanging around outside in her garden, as usual, and Humphrey stops by to ask after Clym.
- Clym is still inconsolable.
- Eustacia goes inside to speak to Clym. He's super depressed.
- Eustacia still hasn't said a word to him about not letting his mom in for a visit that day.
- The two talk in circles since all Clym can, or wants, to talk about is how guilty he feels and how wonderful his mom was.
- Clym wallows and Eustacia stews. Then Thomasin stops by for a visit.
- Clym goes on a shame-spiral rant, which really worries Thomasin. Eustacia remains pretty quiet through the whole thing.
- We learn that Thomasin is going to have her baby in another two months.
- Clym just won't stop talking and is obsessed about why his mother said what she did to Johnny before she died.
- Finally Damon pulls up in his carriage to pick up Thomasin.
- Eustacia rushes out to speak to him about her own guilt, since Clym is hogging the guilt spotlight at home.
- Damon offers up stupid advice, like not telling Clym he was in the house when Mrs. Yeobright came to visit.
- He then wishes that Clym would just die already and Eustacia gets mad at him.
- Thomasin comes out and the Wildeves drive off, with Eustacia watching them from the window.
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