The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native Book 5, Chapter 7 Summary
The Night of the Sixth of November
- Eustacia has decided to make a run for it with Damon.
- She spends her night preparing and goes for a walk to calm her nerves.
- Susan Nunsuch sees Eustacia and glares at her. Johnny is sick and Susan thinks that the "witch" Eustacia is to blame.
- Eustacia sends a signal to Damon and then goes home to wait for the time to leave.
- Meanwhile a servant drops a letter off from Clym. Grandfather Vye accepts it, but since he thinks Eustacia has gone to bed, he drops the letter off downstairs.
- Late that night Eustacia sneaks out, but isn't very quiet about it.
- Her grandfather hears her crying and calls after her, but is unable to find her.
- To make matters worse, it's a dark and stormy night (really) and he can't see where she's gone.
- Eustacia doesn't notice the letter on her way outside.
- Eustacia wanders outside in the rain and is all miserable.
- She starts to panic about her plan since she has no money and will be totally reliant upon Damon – not the most dependable chap, as we've seen.
- She's basically one step away from becoming Damon's mistress.
- Feeling miserable and theatrical, Eustacia delivers a big monologue and asks God and the universe why they made her life so miserable.
- Meanwhile, Susan is at home practicing some voodoo on her little Eustacia doll.
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