The Return of the Native - Book 2 Summary & Analysis

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Book 2 Summary

Book 2: Chapter 1 Summary

Eustacia overhears two furze-cutters, Humphrey and Sam, talking while they are working. It is the winter solstice and the days are short. Furze cutting (furze is a rough grassy shrub) is the main occupation in the heath, something that Eustacia looks upon with great disdain. They talk about Clym with Captain Vye who is supervising their work. They mention Clym's work and his ability to speak French and the glamorous life he leads in Paris. Sam and Humphrey when they think they are alone, comment that Clym and Eustacia seem to be two of a kind. Eustacia overhears them and her fantasies re fueled. She "loses track of time" as she walks down in the direction of Mrs. Yeobright's house.

Book 2: Chapter 2 Summary

In Mrs. Yeobright's house, Blooms-End, the preparations are under way to receive the visitor, Clym Yeobright. Both Mrs. Yeobright...

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