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Characters in The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
The plot of the novel has been set in Edgon Heath. Novelist portraits Heath as a living thing having its own characters. Heath has influence on its residents; whenever someone tries to talk against it, he/she suffers tragic fate. e.g. Eustacia is attacked by knife when she talks of leaving it and ultimately dies when she elopes with Wildeve.
Protagonist of the novel. He is a successful merchant in Paris. However his idea of improving Heath and marrying Eustacia proves disastrous for him.
She can be called as the witchod the novel. First she is in relation with Wildeve as there is no better person than him. However taking Clym as an opportunity of escaping from Heath she marries him. However when their marriage fails, she elopes with her lover and meets tragic death.
Mother of Clym who hates Eustacia. Later she dies after being bitten by a snake.
She is the cousin of Clym and a noble lady. Wildeve deceives her but she remains loyal to him. After the death of Wildeve she marries Diggory who loved her a lot.
He can be considered as the villain of the novel. He marries Thomasin but falls in love with his former beloved Eustacia and while eloping with her, dies a tragic death.
He is a riddleman who loves Thomasin and in spite of her rejection he remains loyal to her and helps her in her problems. In the end of the novel, he succeeds in marrying Thomasin.
- Captain Drew
He is grandfather of Eustacia and a former naval officer .
- Grandfer Cantle
Father of Christian Cantle
- Susan Nunsuch
Eustacia’s nearest neighbour and bitterest foe who convinces herself that Eustacia’s witchery has caused her son’s sicklines and tries to protect him.
- Johnny Nunsuch
Susan’s son, a young boy.
An admirer of Eustacia
- Timothy Fairway
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