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The Mayor of Casterbridge Chapter 13

By Thomas Hardy

Chapter 13

  • Susan and Elizabeth-Jane move into a cottage toward the edge of town, just as she and Henchard had planned.
  • Once they've moved in, Henchard starts visiting regularly.
  • Townspeople start gossiping about it – they can't imagine what Henchard sees in Susan, since she's so thin and worn.
  • They talk about the upcoming marriage between their mayor and the widow Mrs. Newson as though it's a sure thing.