The Mayor of Casterbridge
How we cite our quotes:
"Now what would you do – I want your advice?"
"I think I'd run the risk, and tell her the truth. She'll forgive ye both."
"Never!" said Henchard. "I am not going to let her know the truth." (12.31-33)
Henchard asks for Farfrae's advice, but when Farfrae doesn't tell him what he wants to hear, he rejects the advice instantly: "Never!"
Her quiet eye discerned that Henchard's tigerish affection for the younger man, his constant liking to have Farfrae near him, now and then resulted in a tendency to domineer, which, however, was checked in a moment when Donald exhibited marks of real offence. (14.27)
Henchard's fierce affection for Farfrae is now described as "tigerish." Sounds like he could become dangerous.
"'Od d--n it," cried Henchard, "what's all the world! I like a fellow to talk to. Now come along and hae some supper, and don't take too much thought about things, or ye'll drive me crazy." (14.27)
If you're confused about the beginning of Henchard's speech here, don't worry – you're not alone. "'Od" is just Henchard's dialect: it's his way of saying "God" when he's going to swear. D--n is the way writers and publishers wrote the word "damn" to avoid censorship. Henchard invites Farfrae to supper because he wants the company – he "like[s] a fellow to talk to." Henchard was lonely for a long time before Farfrae showed up.