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Return of the Native (version 2 dramatic reading)

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Clym Yeobright returns home to Egdon Heath, a scattered collection of houses on the isolated Wessex moors, and is caught up in a "love pentagon" which includes: his cousin, Thomasin Yeobright; the shadowy inn-keeper, Damon Wildeve; the controversial and romantic Eustacia Vye; and the mysterious reddleman, Diggory Venn, whose skin is stained completely red from his work. This work has all the well-known marks of Thomas Hardy: the Wessex landscape, a choice of lovers, a wedding gone wrong, a particularly shy 30-something man, and a woman with an independent spirit. But, The Return of the Native is unique in its pagan undertones - the first five books take place over a year and a day, starting on All Hallow's Eve, and hints of magic and witchcraft.

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E text prepared by Joseph E. Loewenstein, M.D., and John Hamm

THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE

by

THOMAS HARDY

1912

CONTENTS

AUTHOR'S PREFACE

BOOK FIRST: THE THREE WOMEN

I. A Face on Which Time Makes But Little Impression II. Humanity Appears upon the Scene, Hand in Hand with Trouble III. The Custom of the Country IV. The Halt on the Turnpike Road V. Perplexity among Honest People VI. The Figure against the Sky VII. Queen of Night VIII. Those Who Are Found Where There Is Said to Be Nobody IX. Love Leads a Shrewd Man into Strategy X. A Desperate Attempt at Persuasion XI. The Dishonesty of an Honest Woman

BOOK SECOND: THE ARRIVAL

I. Tidings of the Comer II. The People at Blooms End Make Ready III. How a Little Sound Produced a Great Dream IV. Eustacia Is Led On to an Adventure V. Through the Moonlight VI. The Two Stand Face to Face VII. A Coalition between Beauty and Oddness VIII. Firmness Is Discovered in a Gentle Heart

BOOK THIRD: THE FASCINATION

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