The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge Chapter 17 Summary
- 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.
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