The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge Chapter 33 Summary
- Henchard is at the King of Prussia Inn, drinking beer with some of the townspeople.
- Most of the others have just come from church, so they're not drinking much.
- Some members of the church choir are there, and Henchard, who loves music, asks them to sing him a song.
- They feel sorry for him, so they agree.
- He chooses a Psalm that's all about revenge and making your enemy totally miserable.
- They're kind of uncomfortable singing it, but he finally bullies them into it.
- Once they're done, he tells them it was about Farfrae, and they're all really creeped out.
- Then Elizabeth-Jane arrives and persuades him to come home.
- Elizabeth-Jane is worried that Henchard will try to hurt Farfrae in some way and wonders whether she should try to warn him.
- Lucetta, meanwhile, doesn't realize that Farfrae has hired Henchard. Farfrae doesn't know about her past with Henchard, so why should he tell her?
- Lucetta accidentally runs into Henchard in the warehouse one day, and he's very sarcastic to her.
- She sends him a note later telling him not to treat her like that again.
- Elizabeth-Jane tries to keep Henchard from drinking too much by bringing him tea at five o'clock every day after work.
- One day she comes in with the tea and sees Henchard talking to Farfrae near the edge of a hay loft.
- Farfrae doesn't see that Henchard is clearly thinking of pushing him off.
- He doesn't, and probably wouldn't have, but it makes Elizabeth-Jane awfully uncomfortable.
- She resolves to warn Farfrae that Henchard might be planning something.
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