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The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native


by Thomas Hardy

The Return of the Native Pride Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

"I can never forget those banns. A harsher man would rejoice now in the power I have of turning upon your aunt by going no further in the business." (1.5.48)

We see a lot of different kinds of pride in this book and it doesn't really surprise us that Damon demonstrates a lot of them himself. Here he still manages to come off like an arrogant jerk even while insisting that he isn't full of pride and grudge-holding tendencies (he totally is). Plus, he manages to be rude to Thomasin, which isn't cool at all.

Quote #2

Thomasin coloured a little, and not with love. But whatever the momentary feeling which caused that flush in her, it went as it came, and she humbly said, "I never meant to be, if I can help it." (1.5.47)

Scenes of humility few and far between in this novel, and when they do crop up they're sure worth noting. More than any other character, Thomasin displays a humble streak. What's interesting is that her humility isn't really a sign of weakness. She might sound submissive here, but the detail at the start of the passage, about Thomasin flushing "not with love," reveals a core of strength and a capacity for anger in her character.

Quote #3

The only way to look queenly without realms or hearts to queen it over is to look as if you had lost them; and Eustacia did that to a triumph. In the captain's cottage she could suggest mansions she had never seen. (1.7.12)

The comparisons here emphasize Eustacia's pride – she's linked with words like "queenly" and "mansions." But Eustacia's pride and wannabe queenliness is not so contemptible as much as it is sad. After all, she spends her days dreaming of mansions "she had never seen."

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