Essay on Mood, Atmosphere and Place in The Return of the Native
"The sea changed, the fields changed, the rivers, the villages, and the people changed, yet Egdon remained". Throughout the whole of the first chapter, Hardy is creating a strong sense of place as well as establishing clearly the mood and atmosphere of Egdon Heath.
Further on, although still at the beginning of the book, Hardy introduces the heath people. In this introduction, the various characters that will be important throughout the story appear the simplicity of their personalities