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The Return of the Native Book 5, Chapter 4

By Thomas Hardy

Book 5, Chapter 4

The Ministrations of a Half-Forgotten One

  • Eustacia wanders to her grandfather's house in a daze.
  • Gramps isn't home, but young Charley, the mummer with the crush on Eustacia, is there.
  • He looks after Eustacia since he still has a huge crush on her and is now seriously worried about her.
  • Eustacia won't really explain what happened.
  • She then starts eyeballing some pistols and feels suicidal.
  • Charley notices this and locks up the pistols before Eustacia can do anything.
  • He tells Eustacia it's for her own good and she promises not to do anything drastic.