Отличный момент - деревенская женщина, которая гордую девицу Юстэсию считает ведьмой и как-то в церкви протыкает ей руку иглой, мастерит восковую фигурку Юстэсии, истыкивает ее булавками и сжигает, читая молитву наоборот. Right, better safe than sorry.
Ко всему прочитала в википедии, что Харди вовсе не хотел в эпилоге поженить Томасин с Диггори Венном, он так и планировал оставить его нелюдимым и независимым, а Томасин вдовой.
Musician Patrick Wolf's song "House" references the novel.
In J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye this novel is mentioned by Holden Caulfield. "Then I started wondering like a bastard what the one sitting next to me, that taught English, thought about, being a nun and all, when she read certain books for English. Books not necessarily with a lot of sexy stuff in them, but books with lovers and all in them. Take old Eustacia Vye, in The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. She wasn't too sexy or anything, but even so you can't help wondering what a nun maybe thinks about when she reads about old Eustacia."
"I read a lot of classical books, like The Return of the Native and all, and I like them, and I read a lot of war books and mysteries and all, but they don’t knock me out too much. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. I wouldn’t mind calling this Isak Dinesen up. And Ring Lardner, except that D.B. told me he’s dead. You take that book Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham, though. I read it last summer. It’s a pretty good book and all, but I wouldn’t want to call Somerset Maugham up. I don’t know, he just isn’t the kind of guy I’d want to call up, that’s all. I’d rather call old Thomas Hardy up. I like that Eustacia Vye."