I’m getting little hints of Don Quixote throughout The Return of the Native. I think it all started in Book Second, chapter three. First Eustacia has a strange dream where she is dancing with a man in “silver armor“. He’s even wearing a helmet and visor. “Oh!” I thought, “this reminds me of our old friend DQ.” Then in the very same chapter, the narrator uses a word I will always associate with Don Quixote–sally.
“The fifth sally was in the afternoon; it was fine, and she remained out long, walking to the very top of the valley in which Blooms-End lay.
Miss Vye is trying to, oh, so casually, run into newcomer Clym Yeobright. All those trips out on the heath were for naught.
That’s okay… I have it on good authority that in just a few pages Eustacia will get to don armor herself. Maybe even in the form of a cardboard helmet, just like our old errant knight.
PS. Anyone else feeling a Christian Cantle/Sancho Panza connection? Maybe I just miss Don Quixote. Why is it the further away I get from some novels the more I like them?