The Return of the Native

  • Jagdish Chandra Dave
Part of the Macmillan Hardy Studies book series (MHS)


This novel most clearly presents Hardy’s establishment of harmony with the world. His triumph over sorrow through indifference towards it is indicated in a poem which sets the theme of the novel by appearing on the title-page itself:

To sorrow I bade good morrow, And thought to leave her far away behind; But cheerly, cheerly, She loves me dearly; She is so constant to me and so kind. I would deceive her, And so leave her But ah! she is so constant and so kind.1

The same is exhibited in the setting and illustrated in the action of the novel.


Human Situation Moral System Serene Comprehensiveness Modern Type Lonely Existence 
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