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Farfrae finds an opportunity to say goodbye to Elizabeth-Jane in private.
He says he might have to move to another part of the country.
Elizabeth-Jane is sad, which Farfrae sees as a good sign.
He doesn't say anything to her, just says good-bye and leaves.
But he doesn't leave Casterbridge.
He actually buys the business of another hay and grain merchant and becomes a businessman himself.
He's determined not to steal business from Henchard, though, and refuses to take clients who used to go to him.
Even though he's being very fair about it, Henchard is furious.
He makes Elizabeth-Jane promise not to talk to Farfrae anymore.
Henchard sends Farfrae a note telling him never to talk to Elizabeth-Jane again.
Farfrae accepts this – after all, he's just starting his own business and wouldn't be able to afford to get married for a long time. And besides, he was only just beginning to develop feelings for her.