Eustacia and Egdon just don’t get along. Not at all. Hardy describes her life there like this,
To dwell on a heath without studying its meanings was like wedding a foreigner without learning his tongue.
But the onus here lies with the woman, not her beautiful and complex setting. No, you see different women react differently to the dark environment of Hardy’s world. To find out what kind of woman you are take Hardy’s little quiz.
If you stepped on the heath what would you become?
a) a poet
b) a devotee
c) a psalmist
If you answered a) you are contented, b) you are suffering, c) you are pious, d) you are giddy, and e) you are rebellious.
Don’t like the results? Take it up with Mr. Hardy in Book First Chapter VII.