The Return of the Native - Book 4 Summary & Analysis

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Book 4 Summary

Book 4: Chapter 1 Summary

Clym and Eustacia are married and living in their little cottage while Clym studies. It is summer now, and they are content - except that Eustacia still wants to move to Paris while Clym still wants to become a teacher.

Clym's mother is wondering why Clym never thanked her for the inheritance money she sent him on his wedding day. Christian eventually confesses that he lost the money gambling to Wildeve. She does not know that Diggory Venn won the money after that and gave it to Thomasin, so she mistakenly thinks that Wildeve gave the money to Eustacia, his secret lover.

Mrs. Yeobright confronts Eustacia, who is deeply offended, and they exchange angry words. In the heat of the moment, Eustacia exclaims that had she known that Clym would stay in the heath she would never have consented to be his wife. She...

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