The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native Book 6, Chapter 4 Summary
Cheerfulness Again Asserts Itself at Blooms-End, and Clym Finds His Vocation
- It's the day of Thomasin and Diggory's wedding and all the locals are gathered for the occasion.
- The locals all cheer when they see Diggory and Thomasin and everyone heads off for the wedding feast.
- Clym opts to not attend since he's still too depressed.
- Clym walks to Captain Vye's house and spies Charley, who is also still depressed.
- Charley walks home with Clym, and Clym gives Charley a lock of Eustacia's hair to keep.
- The two watch the wedding reception party going on outside.
- Thomasin comes back in as the party winds down to tell Clym good-bye since she's heading off to Diggory's house now.
- We go forward in time – Clym does work as an itinerant preacher and spends the rest of his life mourning his mother and his wife.
- People always treat him kindly throughout his life since they feel so sorry for him.
- And that's our downer of an ending. Check out "What's Up with the Ending?" for some thoughts on the final chapters.
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