Native Roll Call

03 Dec

ROTN Hebdomadal Check-in

Classic readers, how are you doing with The Return of the Native?

What are your thoughts about Hardy’s naturalist writings?

Are you enjoying the heath?

Do you think there should be more bonfires?

Have you met “The Three Women”?

Please share your thoughts and your place in the comments.  I’m curious about what you think of the latest tale.


Posted by on December 3, 2012 in The Return of the Native


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22 responses to “Native Roll Call

  1. Gina Monge

    December 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Just getting started!

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Hope it’s going well. I had to force myself through the first couple chapters, but the story is moving along quite quickly now.

  2. priveaa

    December 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Here. Plan to start today.

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Hope you’re enjoying the story! I’m glad you’re reading along with us.

  3. Patty Sessions

    December 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I’m around chapter 7, so I’ve met Thomasin and Eustacia. Is Mrs. Yeobright the third?

    There is a LOT of description. And I don’t quite wrap my mind around the situation–they’re all upset because of an accidental delay? Or did the fellow do it on purpose?

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      I think those are the three women. Accidental delay? I think we’ll find out.

  4. Ruth Lopez

    December 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I have yet to begin part four. I had a rocky start w/ chapters 1 & 2 of part one, and almost turned back; but I was encouraged to give it another try, and while I do not care for the poetic descriptions of the setting, I am enjoying the characters and plot.

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Me too. For the descriptive heath parts, I just read really fast. Hope I don’t miss anything important.

  5. Sandy B.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I’m synchro-reading with Adriana (Classical Quest) — 2 chapters a day. I’ll be reading chapters 5 and 6 today (part 1). I agree with Ruth about the tough start, but it’s getting easier.

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Your synchro-reading has been impressive this week! It helps to have a buddy along for the ride.

  6. Christina Joy

    December 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I finished Chapter IX of Part First last night. I’m finding it very difficult to concentrate on the chapters with lots of description (either of people or places.) But I do like Hardy’s use of language, well, you know, other than the obscure words that he throws in ever other paragraph.

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I wish I had your glossary.

  7. Jeannette

    December 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Part II, Chapter 3. I think I like it!

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      I’m liking it more as I go along. I’m being reminded of other WEM books and characters the more I read.

  8. Norma carey

    December 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Have read Parts One and Two and so far have written 3 quotes – I agree with Christina – long on description but also some beautiful turns of the language – parallels? For e.g. “she never would have believed in the morning that her colorless world would before night become as animated as water under a microscope.”. Also, the third male author who seems to have a handle on women!

    • Jeannette

      December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

      I liked that quote too, Norma!

  9. Norma carey

    December 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I also am reminded of the song, “Come on Baby Light my Fire!”

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Have you noticed moonlight or candlelight being reflected in eyes? That seems to be popping up almost as often as bonfires.

  10. Tonia

    December 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Just finished part 2 today. Though I don’t hold much love for Eustacia, I really am enjoying Hardy’s descriptive paragraphs. He makes me feel like I’m there.

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      You and me both about Eustacia.

  11. Gina Monge

    December 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Ha ha, I just tried describing to my husband the action that happened in Book 1 – where Venn and Mrs Yeobright were trying to untangle the two relationships going on. It sounds so ridiculous when you try to explain it! I do love the nature descriptions.

    • Christine

      December 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      I think Jeannette’s going to explain all the relationships in a post later this week. It is a tangled mess, isn’t it!


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