Return of the Native, spoilers
So 330 pages in out of 360 or so, Hardy suddenly lets us know that on this heath, which he has spent pages - many pages! - describing in detail, between two houses where people have spent a lot of time going back and forth, there is a previously unmentioned river and weir system, because, you know, there some folk that are going to need some drowning.
Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.