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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.