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The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
Thomasin Yeobright Timeline and Summary
Thomasin arrives home in disgrace after eloping with Damon Wildeve but failing to actually get married. She gets a ride home from Diggory Venn, who loves her. Back in the day, Thomasin turned down his marriage proposal. Thomasin's aunt is upset with her and the two women go visit Damon to work out the situation. Damon is a punk but Thomasin remains committed to him. Time passes and Damon makes no move to get married. Thomasin lives with her aunt and is socially disgraced. She keeps her disgraced status a secret from her cousin Clym, who has recently arrived home, for as long as she possibly can. Finally, after getting dumped again by his ex-girlfriend, Damon re-proposes to Thomasin and the two get married. Thomasin remains on good terms with her cousin and his new wife, Eustacia, even after their falling-out with Mrs. Yeobright. Thomasin gets pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl named Eustacia Clementine. She grows increasingly suspicious of her husband and his relationship with Eustacia. Thomasin also tries to comfort Clym after Mrs. Yeobright's death. Finally Thomasin comes to Clym, telling him that Eustacia and Damon are running off together. She goes out to help find them and witnesses the drowning of her husband and Eustacia. After a while, Thomasin grows closer to Diggory Venn. The two eventually marry, and Thomasin and her baby daughter move to Diggory's dairy farm.