From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

Guide Mentor

Character Role Analysis


Elizabeth-Jane is the moral center of the novel. She's naturally intelligent and perceptive. She occasionally takes it upon herself to warn other characters when she thinks they are in some kind of need: she guides her mother as they travel to Casterbridge, she warns Farfrae when she thinks Henchard is plotting against him, and she advises Lucetta to remain single rather than break her word.