The Return of the Native (1878): Arcadia Overthrown

  • Joe Fisher


On the question of recognition [Eustacia] was somewhat indifferent. By the acting lads themselves she was not likely to be known. With the guests who were assembled she was hardly so secure. Yet detection, after all, would be no such dreadful thing. The fact only could be detected, her true motive never. (RN, p. 151)


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  1. 12.
    George Henry Lewes, ‘The Course of Modern Thought’, Fortnightly Review, 27, (1877), p. 321.Google Scholar

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