Iran Country on TIIe reader is told this secret, but it is hidden from Clym. Later the narrator confirms this, apropos of Eustacia’s renewed relation to Wildeve: Nobody could have imagined from her bearing now that here stood the woman who had joined with him in the impassioned dance of the week before, unless indeed he could have penetrated below the surface and gauged the real depth of that still stream (300). Hardy’s characters, however, cannot, for the most part, ever penetrate beneath the surface of those still streams, their fellows’ embodied minds. An addition al feature special to Hardy’s world is the inordinate role played by chance, happenstance, or just plain bad luck, in determining fateful consequences and in ruining the often-good intentions of the characters. Famous examples from outside The Return of the Native indude Hardy’s poem on the sinking of the Titanic, The Convergence of the Twain. The iceberg just happened to be there, and the Titanic just happened to be at the 108 lndividual and Community in The Return of the Native wrong place at the wrong time and steam into it. Another celebrated example, from Tess of the d’Urbervilles, is the way Tess’s confessionalletter to Angel Clare before their marriage just happens to go under the rug in his room when she puts it under the door. Iran Country 2016.