The Return of The Native: Book 4, Chapter 4 - Summary

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CHAPTER IV: Rough Coercion Is Employed


      Diggory Venn cannot forget the words of Thomasin: "Help me to keep him home in the evenings." Knowing that Wildeve neglects Thomasin, he concludes that Eustacia is the reason. He decides to watch in the neighborhood of Enstacia's home because he was sure that Eustacia would not give encouragement to Wildeve. He found Wildeve going towards the house. Venn retreated before him to trap him. He falls down. But this does not make any impact on him. But it merely adds the excitement to his passion for Eustacia.

      After a few days, on another night, he reached Clym's gate. When he saw Eustacia sitting alone he went back to the heath to capture a moth came back and set it free. Since, this had been one of their signals, Eustacia is started, but at that moment Clym comes downstairs. To avoid the truth of her flushed face she claims that she is worn and should go out to relax herself. At that time, a knock sounds at the door. Clym opens the door but nobody is there.

      Actually, it was Venn who knocked the door to foil Wildeve's plans to see Eustacia. So Wildeve was forced to return. As he walked back, Venn shoots at him. This time he was frightened much and decides to call Eustacia during the day time. Meanwhile, Venn calls on Mrs. Yeobright to inform her about the new developments. He suggests that by visiting Clym, she can at least keep her eyes upon the intrigue makers and make their task difficult. After persuading Mrs. Yeobnght to visit Clym, he pays a visit to Eustacia in order to resume friendly relations with her. She makes it clear that she will do nothing to hinder the reconciliation. She bitterly states that she would have been happier if he had never returned to Heath. He agrees that Eustacia, Mrs. Yeobright and himself have been affected, but she privately adds Thomasin and Wileve to the list.

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