I cannot take it anymore: I have tried to read more from The Return of the Native, and I just could not do it. I even cheated and read the introduction by Lauren Walsh, which is a no-no according to The Well-Educated Mind, but I was desperate for a spark of interest. Nothing.
That's it! I gave this book a week, but I cannot go on. I told myself that if I cannot finish a book for some reason, and this is some reason, I would move on; however, I just caught up with other WEMmers on the blogosphere, and it has been wonderful to read along with them. Therefore, assuming they are going to brave The Return of the Native, I am going to choose from my supplemental list and hope to finish when they do and pick up with the next bok on the list: Portrait of a Lady.
Hours have passed since I have written the above, and I have since received an insightful response from Sevenfourmany on this very matter. In all honesty, I do not want to give up, but as I felt like I was already so lost, it was much easier to put the book down for good. Well, now I want to try all over again, thanks to the discernment of Sevenfourmany; therefore, I will start at the very beginning with a clean sheet of paper, fresh eyes, and an open heart.
But before I get started, I am going to watch a copy of Anna Karenina by Masterpiece Theater that I picked up at the library and get AK out of my system for awhile until the new version is out.
SECOND UPDATE (11/20):
Yay! I have just completed the first part of The Return of the Native, and while I am not crazy about it, I know what the heck is going on. I am so thankful for Sevenfourmany's encouragement to carry on.