The Return of the Native Readalong

I've been reading The Return of the Native as a readalong, and I said I'd check in every two books.  But now I'm halfway through and about to start Book IV.

I don't think things are going to end well.  We have two marriages that look like bad ideas.  I like Clym, Thomasin, and Venn, and I don't think any of them are going to be happy.


  1. I'm reading along as well and I agree that I think things will not go well for all the players. The book -- well, Eustacia in particular -- reminds me of a slightly more bratty Maggie Tulliver from Mill on the Floss (another book with a tragic ending).

  2. You don't think things are going to end well? Things NEVER end well in Hardy. Just like Greek tragedy.

  3. See? That's why I don't read Hardy!


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