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Even the King of Prussia seems kind of pricey, so Elizabeth-Jane offers to help out as a waitress to cover part of their dinner and lodging.
The landlady is a kind woman and agrees, even though Elizabeth-Jane's offer is unusual and old-fashioned.
Elizabeth-Jane is asked to carry dinner up to the young man they saw sending a note to Henchard.
The young man is from Scotland. He doesn't notice Elizabeth-Jane when she comes into his room with his dinner tray.
She checks him out and likes what she sees.
After a while, Elizabeth-Jane returns to the room she's sharing with her mother, right next door to the young man's.
They can hear through the wall. There's a second person there, and Susan recognizes the voice. It's Michael Henchard!
The scene moves next door, where Henchard is talking to the young man.
The man introduces himself as Donald Farfrae.
Henchard thinks Farfrae is there in response to an advertisement for a job. He is looking to hire a manager for his business.
Henchard's background is in hay harvesting, but his business is in both hay and grain. He needs a manager to help out, especially with the grain side of things.
Farfrae says he's actually just passing through town on his way to America and isn't looking for a job. He overheard the townspeople complaining about bad grain, and he knows of a way to fix it so that it's useable.
He offers to show Henchard his method for free.
Henchard is delighted – he'll be able to get all the townspeople to stop their complaining!
He's especially grateful that Farfrae – a total stranger – was willing to help him out.
Farfrae just shrugs and says that he's glad to help.
He invites Henchard to stay and have a glass of beer with him, but Henchard says no – he's sworn an oath not to drink alcohol to make up for something he did in the past that he is ashamed of.
Henchard repeatedly offers the job to him, but Farfrae keeps refusing, saying that he wants to see more of the world.