Before Elizabeth-Jane goes in to see Henchard, another man arrives and sees him first.
He says his name is Joshua Jopp, and that he's there to be the new manager.
Henchard says sorry, he's already hired a new manager.
Jopp says that Henchard almost promised him the job – he traveled all this way for the advertised job and Henchard had said it was his, assuming his references checked out.
Henchard just shrugs and sends the man away.
Elizabeth-Jane then goes in.
Henchard reads her note and is very surprised, especially when she tells him her name is Elizabeth-Jane and that she is Susan's only daughter.
He invites her into the house and asks about Susan.
She tells him that "father" died last spring.
He doesn't like to hear her refer to Newson as her father, but what does he expect?
He doesn't say anything about it, of course.
He says that he'd like to see Susan and writes a note to her.
Elizabeth-Jane takes Susan the note.
Susan reads it privately: Henchard asks her not to say anything to Elizabeth-Jane about the real story until they've spoken, and asks that she come and meet him at the edge of town in the ruins of a Roman coliseum.
He also encloses five guineas.
The five guineas are partly to help pay for their lodging at the hotel, but it's also symbolic: he's "buying her back" after having sold her to Newson for five guineas so long ago.