The Return of the Native - Study Guide Book 4 Summary & Analysis

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The blindness that overcomes Clym because of straining his eyes, is actually allowing him to see things he has not seen before. He notices the beauty of the heath in the summer, he even notices new colors through his blindness, and is quite content with his new life as a furze cutter. He is idealizing this life, as it is summer and has not yet had to deal with the harshness of the heath in winter. Although tremendously overqualified for the job, the simplicity of this life suits him.

In contrast, the more accepting Clym becomes, the more agitated Eustacia gets about her fate. She is thinking of her own misfortune. The irony is that the man she discarded in favor of Clym now has resulted in a much better prospect after inheriting a fortune. Therefore, the twists of chance and fate have dealt her...

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