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The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge


by Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge Chapter 9 Summary

  • When Elizabeth-Jane gets up, the first thing she sees when she looks out the window is the young man, Donald Farfrae, leaving the inn.
  • She's sad to see him go.
  • Henchard joins Farfrae in the street and offers to walk with him to the edge of town.
  • Meanwhile, Susan (to whom the narrator is now referring as Mrs. Henchard, since after all, she was never really married to Newson), has decided to send Elizabeth-Jane to see Mr. Henchard with a note.
  • The note just says that they're in town and to send a note back with Elizabeth-Jane if he wants to see them.
  • Susan is nervous about it, but Elizabeth-Jane is more optimistic.
  • When she arrives at Henchard's house, the housekeeper tells her he's in his office around back (his house is next to his business).
  • She heads over to the office and discovers Mr. Farfrae there.
  • She is surprised, and Farfrae appears not to recognize her from the inn.
  • Farfrae goes to fetch Henchard for her.
  • The narrator explains that Henchard persuaded Farfrae to stay on as his manager on their walk that morning.
  • Farfrae had come straight to the office to sign some papers and to get started working.
  • Henchard needs the manager for the grain half of his business, since he's better with hay.
  • He also needs a manager to handle the business side of things, since he isn't that great at bookkeeping.

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