The Return of The Native: Book 5, Chapter 3 - Summary

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CHAPTER III: Eustacia Dresses Herself on a Black Morning


      When Clym arrives, Eustacia is in front of the mirror brushing her hair. From his very appearance, she understands that he has learned her secret. He threatens to strike her if she does not tell him the truth. His angry words make her more stubborn as she refuses to speak. Clym's anger increases and he demands her to reveal the name of her lover. Her refusal causes him to smash her on the desk. He finds an incriminating envelope there, and the handwriting on it was that of Wildeve's. Her pride forces her to leave him, but he continues to abuse her. She replies that she has lost all her hopes and dreams through him—"You deceived me not by words, but by appearances." He has forced her to live in a way she has not ever expected. Eustacia, weeping, reveals her side of the story of that fatal afternoon. He persuades her to tell him whether that man was Wildeve but she refuses to tell. Shortly, after her departure, a servant tells him that Thomasin had named her child Eustacia Clementine.

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