The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge Friendship Quotes
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She looked from the window, and saw Henchard and Farfrae in the hay-yard talking, with that impetuous cordiality on the mayor's part, and genial modesty on the younger man's, that was now so generally observable in their intercourse. Friendship between man and man; what a rugged strength there was in it, as evinced by these two. And yet the seed that was to lift the foundation of this friendship was at that moment taking root in a chink of its structure. (15.7)
Once again, Henchard and Farfrae's friendship is observed from above by Elizabeth-Jane. She notices that it has a "rugged strength" in it. The narrator warns us that something is about to come between them.
Henchard's manner towards Farfrae insensibly became more reserved. He was courteous – too courteous – and Farfrae was quite surprised at the good breeding which now for the first time showed itself among the qualities of a man he had hitherto thought undisciplined, if warm and sincere. (16.1)
Henchard begins to feel jealous of Farfrae's popularity and superior intelligence. He starts acting overly polite to him. Farfrae, though, is so far from being suspicious that he just thinks that Henchard is showing "good breeding" by being polite and courteous.
Henchard was a little moved. "I – sometimes think I've wronged ye!" he said, in tones which showed the disquietude that the night shades hid in his face. He shook Farfrae abruptly by the hand, and hastened away as if unwilling to betray himself further. (32.38)
Even after their friendship has collapsed, Farfrae is capable of acting with generosity toward Henchard. After all, he never did anything to deserve Henchard's hatred, and he never understands where it came from. So when he offers to give Henchard any of his household furniture that he still wants, Henchard is touched by his generosity.