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The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native


by Thomas Hardy

Mrs. Yeobright Timeline and Summary

  • Mrs. Yeobright picks up her niece, Thomasin, after her failed elopement.
  • The two women go to see Thomasin's fiancé, Damon Wildeve. Wildeve and Mrs. Yeobright do not get along and they have a small dispute.
  • Mrs. Yeobright tries to make the best of things with her niece while Thomasin remains unmarried.
  • Meanwhile, the Yeobright women prepare for Clym Yeobright's homecoming.
  • Mrs. Yeobright throws her annual Christmas party, made special this year to celebrate Clym's visit.
  • Thomasin finally gets married and Mrs. Yeobright is sad to see her go.
  • But Mrs. Yeobright is dismayed to find out that Clym has no desire to return to Paris.
  • The two begin to fight over his new relationship with Eustacia.
  • Clym leaves to marry Eustacia and his mother is angry and hurt.
  • Mrs. Yeobright is very lonely and spends most of her days at home alone.
  • She tries to give her niece and son their inheritance money, but the money gets caught up in a gambling ring thanks to some untrustworthy delivery people and the situation causes a lot of problems.
  • Mrs. Yeobright has a huge argument with Eustacia as she attempts to find out about the AWOL money.
  • Finally, at the prompting of Diggory Venn, Mrs. Yeobright goes to visit her son and her new daughter-in-law.
  • But Eustacia doesn't let Mrs. Yeobright in to the house and the misunderstanding causes Mrs. Yeobright a lot of grief.
  • She is then bitten by a snake and dies, never properly reconciling with her son.