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The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

by Thomas Hardy

Memory and the Past Quotes Page 4

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Quote #10

Hither Henchard often resorted, glass in hand, and scanned the hedgeless Via – for it was the original track laid out by the legions of the Empire – to a distance of two or three miles, his object being to read the progress of affairs between Farfrae and his charmer. (43.9)

Again, the past and the present collide here: the road Farfrae and Elizabeth-Jane walk on is the ancient Roman Via, or road. They're walking where many "legions" of Roman soldiers walked before them.

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