Elizabeth-Jane is happy that Lucetta wants her to stay.
She helps Lucetta decide what new dress to wear one day for a walk out in the market.
It's a beautiful, busy day in the square, and they see Henchard.
Henchard makes some small talk with them and points out a new machine for sowing seeds that Farfrae has brought to town.
Henchard says it'll never work and makes a few insulting remarks on Farfrae's business sense.
Clearly, Henchard is still jealous.
He mutters something to Lucetta that Elizabeth-Jane can't quite hear.
She thinks this is weird, since (as far as she knows) they don't know each other.
Then Henchard leaves.
They see Farfrae and stop to chat.
Lucetta is very flirty with him.
Elizabeth-Jane notices, and wonders about this.
Lucetta explains that they'd met the other day, then changes the subject by remarking on how cold and distant Henchard was to his own daughter.
Elizabeth-Jane agrees and says it's because Henchard doesn't think she's respectable; she wasn't educated as a fine lady.
Lucetta hints that she can sympathize with what it's like having people think you're not respectable.
The next day Lucetta goes out by herself.
Elizabeth-Jane suspects that Lucetta is hoping to run into Farfrae, and when Lucetta gets back, she finds out she did see him.
That night, Lucetta tells Elizabeth-Jane part of her story. Only, the way she tells it, it all happened to "a friend," and she doesn't use real names.
Elizabeth-Jane suspects that Lucetta is talking about herself but doesn't let on.
Lucetta asks what "this poor girl" should do – should she marry the man to whom she was once engaged, who had accidentally trashed her reputation, or should she marry this new guy that she likes better?