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Who loves who in The Return of the Native?

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Who loves who in The Return of the Native?

Thomas Hardy:

Thomas Hardy (June 2, 1840–January, 11 1928) was an English writer. He wrote mainly novels, but also poetry. He lived during the Victorian era and his writing was in the tradition of realism. One of his best known novels is Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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Several characters love each other in The Return of the Native. However, most of them love each other because of projections of themselves and others on the other person. This is the case for Eustacia and Clym, as well as Damon and Eustacia. They do not really care about who they are in reality. The only real ''love story'' in the book is Diggory's love for Thomasin. However, she ends up marrying someone else. Thomasin has no real feelings for the man she ends up married to, Damon.


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The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy: Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 22 / Lesson 1
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Three strangers are not who they seem to be in this short story by Thomas Hardy. In this lesson, we'll dive deeper into ''The Three Strangers'' and analyze some of the aspects of the action.


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