© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

  

by Thomas Hardy

 Table of Contents

The Mayor of Casterbridge Marriage Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #10

It was an odd sequence that out of all this wronging of social law came that flower of nature, Elizabeth. Part of his wish to wash his hands of life arose from his perceptions of its contrarious inconsistencies – of Nature's jaunty readiness to support bad social principles. (44.8)

This is a funny way of describing the wife sale – it was a "wronging of social law." Note that the narrator doesn't call marriage a "moral" or "religious" law. It's purely a social institution.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Advertisement