Study Guide

The Return of the Native Characters

By Thomas Hardy

Eustacia Vye

Given the era when The Return of the Native was written, it's surprising that Eustacia wasn't...

Clym Yeobright

Clym is the native who's returning. His very existence in the novel poses two big questions: what...

Damon Wildeve

We get told more about Damon than about any other character in the book (unless you count the...

Mrs. Yeobright

We never learn Mrs. Yeobright's first name. She's one of those nameless characters that always...

Thomasin Yeobright

Compared to the other powerhouse women in the novel, Thomasin is a bit dull. She's nice, she...

Diggory Venn

Diggory is a weirdo. Really. He's a recluse, a loner who rather melodramatically adopted an...

Johnny Nunsuch

Little Johnny Nunsuch is always at the wrong place at the wrong time. He's present for a lot of...

Charley

Poor, sweet Charley doesn't just have a crush on Eustacia; he practically worships the girl. We...

Captain Vye

Depending on your point of view, Captain Vye is either the world's best or the world's worst...

Grandfer Cantle

Grandfer Cantle is goofy, but we kind of love him. He's definitely around for purposes of comic...

Christian Cantle

Christian might be the most pathetic person in the entire novel. He's like Charlie Brown –...

Timothy Fairway

Fairway is a bit like Hardy's emissary in the novel. He often acts as the voice of the narrator...

Susan Nunsuch

As the somewhat crazy mother of Johnny Nunsuch, Susan causes a whole lot of problems for Clym and...

Olly Dowden

Aside from Susan Nunsuch, Olly is the only other female member of the Egdon chorus that we hear...

Humphrey and Sam

Humphrey and Sam are two of the local heath characters that we hear about in passing. They appear...

Eustacia Clementine

Eustacia Clementine is the name that Thomasin gives her baby daughter, though the name is hardly...

Rachel

Rachel is Thomasin's servant and her baby's nurse, and she is only thirteen. This little detail...