The Return of the Native - Study Guide Book 2 Summary & Analysis

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Book 2 Summary

Book 2 Analysis

The protagonist, Clym, is now fully introduced into the action but merely as to what concerns his arrival, for he has not done anything yet except meet everyone. He is an accomplished man, but something is amiss, he is not fulfilled. "Had Heaven preserved Yeobright from wearing a habit of meditation, people would have said, 'A handsome man.' Had his brain unfolded under sharper contours they would have said, 'A thoughtful man.' But an inner strenuousness was preying upon an outer symmetry, and they rated this look as singular."

The effect of his arrival on Eustacia, which leads her to drop Wildeve in favor of Clym, leads in turn to Wildeve's renewed marriage proposal to Thomasin. Again, the theme of ripple effects of small matters turning into serious ones is repeated here. As a continuation with the theme of ambiguity and...

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