The Return of the Native - Study Guide Book 6 Summary & Analysis

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Book 6 Analysis

The transformation of the odd reddleman into a desirable husband seems a little forced at the end. Hardy explains that it was written in this way to provide a happy conclusion as required by the publishers. When the Return of the Native was first published, it appeared in serial form in a magazine so the author was asked to change the ending to please the audience. The author's footnote says, "The writer may state here that the original conception of the story did not design a marriage between Thomasin and Venn, he was to have retained his isolated and weird character to the last, and to have disappeared mysteriously from the heath, nobody knowing whither - Thomasin remaining a widow. However, certain circumstances of serial publication led to a change of intent. Readers can therefore choose between the endings, and those with an austere...

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