The Return of the Native

Thomas HARDY (1840 - 1928)

Like all of Hardy's work, The Return of the Native (1878) is passionate and controversial, with themes and sympathies beyond what a good Victorian would ever admit. A modern and honest novel of chance and choice, faith and infidelities, this dark story asks what is free will and what is fate? What is the true nature of nature, and how do we fit together? Can we fit together?

A tragedy set in the barren land of Edgon Heath. Our heroine, Eustacia, is proud, passionate, cruel, fickle, avaricious, and desperate. She burns every life she touches, never able to find the mad love and exotic world she dreams of. Our supposed hero, Clym, is modest, steady, plain, moral, and dutiful. He is satisfied returning from Paris to the simple comfort of home.

When they come together, the Heath will come apart.

Originally released as five books, in classic tragic form, a sixth, tacking on a 'happy ending', was added by editor and public pressure. (Summary by Marlo Dianne)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface Marlo Dianne
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Play 02 Book 1 – 01 Marlo Dianne
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Play 03 Book 1 – 02 Chip
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Play 04 Book 1 – 03 Chip
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Play 05 Book 1 – 04 Chip
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Play 06 Book 1 – 05 Chip
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Play 07 Book 1 – 06 Chip
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Play 08 Book 1 – 07 Betsie Bush
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Play 09 Book 1 – 08 Chip
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Play 10 Book 1 – 09 Chip
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Play 11 Book 1 – 10 Graham Williams
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Play 12 Book 1 – 11 Graham Williams
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Play 13 Book 2 – 01 Graham Williams
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Play 14 Book 2 – 02 Graham Williams
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Play 15 Book 2 – 03 Graham Williams
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Play 16 Book 2 – 04 Graham Williams
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Play 17 Book 2 – 05 David Barnes
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Play 18 Book 2 – 06 David Barnes
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Play 19 Book 2 – 07 David Barnes
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Play 20 Book 2 – 08 Graham Williams
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Play 21 Book 3 – 01 Graham Williams
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Play 22 Book 3 – 02 Graham Williams
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Play 23 Book 3 – 03 Graham Williams
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Play 24 Book 3 – 04 Graham Williams
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Play 25 Book 3 – 05 Katy Preston
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Play 26 Book 3 – 06 Graham Williams
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Play 27 Book 3 – 07 Graham Williams
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Play 28 Book 3 – 08 Graham Williams
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Play 29 Book 4 – 01 Graham Williams
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Play 30 Book 4 – 02 Graham Williams
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Play 31 Book 4 – 03 Graham Williams
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Play 32 Book 4 – 04 Graham Williams
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Play 33 Book 4 – 05 Graham Williams
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Play 34 Book 4 – 06 Graham Williams
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Play 35 Book 4 – 07 Graham Williams
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Play 36 Book 4 – 08 Graham Williams
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Play 37 Book 5 – 01 Graham Williams
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Play 38 Book 5 – 02 Graham Williams
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Play 39 Book 5 – 03 Graham Williams
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Play 40 Book 5 – 04 Graham Williams
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Play 41 Book 5 – 05 Graham Williams
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Play 42 Book 5 – 06 Graham Williams
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Play 43 Book 5 – 07 Graham Williams
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Play 44 Book 5 – 08 Graham Williams
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Play 45 Book 5 – 09 Marlo Dianne
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Play 46 Book 6 – 01 Gesine
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Play 47 Book 6 – 02 Graham Williams
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Play 48 Book 6 – 03 Graham Williams
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Play 49 Book 6 – 04 Marlo Dianne
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