The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native Book 5, Chapter 3 Summary
Eustacia Dresses Herself on a Black Morning
- Clym grows increasingly furious on his way home.
- He storms in on Eustacia getting dressed and the two proceed to have an epic argument that lasts the entire chapter!
- Clym does most of the talking at first and yells at Eustacia. He basically accuses her of being a murderer and a whore since she's having an affair with a "mystery man," whom he suspects is Damon.
- Eustacia opts to not even bother defending herself at first; she says that Clym won't believe her or listen to her.
- Clym demands that she apologize and admit what she did.
- He says he can't forgive her if she won't appear guilty.
- Then he goes on a rant about how amazing his mother was, and it's borderline creepy.
- Eustacia finally can't stand it anymore and yells back at Clym for being a jerk about everything. She tells him that the entire incident was a mistake and that she certainly isn't a murderer.
- Eustacia then says she'll leave and proceeds to get dressed in the most awkward scene ever.
- Clym actually helps her tie her bonnet and feels bad for her for a minute.
- Eustacia then leaves.
- Later that day a servant comes to tell Clym that Thomasin gave birth to a baby girl and named her Eustacia Clementine.
- Clym thinks this is super ironic.
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