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The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native


by Thomas Hardy

The Return of the Native Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #1

The ashes of the original British pyre which blazed from the summit lay fresh and undisturbed in the barrow beneath their tread. (1.3.7)

The word choice here is really descriptive and cool. An interesting contrast is set up between ashes, which implies something old and spent, and words like "fresh," which implies that the ashes are somehow still new even after all this time.

Quote #2

Her presence brought memories of such things as Bourbon roses, rubies, and tropical midnights [...]. (1.7.6)

Eustacia is styled as a sort of walking vessel of the past here, which connects her to the heath – a sort of historical repository, or storage space.

Quote #3

Since the arrival of that letter on a certain autumn morning long ago, the reddleman and Thomasin had not met till today. During the interval he had shifted his position even farther from hers [...]. (1.9.8)

We love how two quick sentences can tell us practically all we need to know about Thomasin and Diggory's relationship. These sentences give us a strong sense of time passing, with words like "since" and "long ago," and a feeling of distance between the two and between the past and the present moment.

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