The Return of The Native: Book 6, Chapter 4 - Summary & Analysis

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Summary

The Marriage

      The twenty-fifth of next month has been fixed for the marriage of Thomasin and Diggory. On the wedding-day the heath folks have gathered to make a bed tick as a present for Thomasin and Venn. Meanwhile, at Blooms-End, Clym refuses to attend the celebration but performs the formality of giving away Thomasin to Diggory at the Church ceremony. Thomasin, knowing his temperament, kindly excuses him from attending. Near the cottage, Clym meets Charly and Charly asks him to give something that once belonged to Eustacia. Clym gives him a lock of Eustacia's hair. Charly is so grateful and nearly in tears.

New Face for Clym

      On the Sunday that follows the wedding, Clym stands on Rainbarrow preaching a sermon to an assorted gathering of the Heath folk. Clym has decided to deliver the first of a series of moral lectures or "Sermons on the Mount". He wandered through the surrounding places to deliver his preachings. He finds solace in his teachings on moral subjects.

Critical Analysis

      The novel ends with a happy note. In this chapter. Thomasin and Venn find happiness in their marriage and Clym finds his happiness in his preachings. This chapter also brings all the surviving characters of the novel, including the rustics.

      However, the original conception of the story had not designed a marriage between Thomasin and Verm. He was to have retained his isolated and weird character to the last, and to have disappeared mysteriously from the Heath, nobody knowing whether-Thomasin remains a widow. Since, the novel has been published in a serial form, Hardy altered the end in accordance with the public opinion.

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