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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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