Study Guide

The Return of the Native Book 4, Chapter 5

By Thomas Hardy

Book 4, Chapter 5

The Journey across the Heath

  • It's August and it's a super hot day.
  • Mrs. Yeobright sets out in the heat to visit her son and her daughter-in-law.
  • She's hot and exhausted and the walk is very long.
  • She comes across a fellow furze-cutter who directs her to Clym's house.
  • Mrs. Yeobright follows a familiar-looking figure and is stunned to discover that it's her son and that he is a furze-cutter.
  • She sits down for a bit to think things over.
  • We get lots of descriptions of the hot day and the heath, which makes us want some lemonade.
  • Mrs. Yeobright continues to watch the house and think deep thoughts.