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The Mayor of Casterbridge Chapter 35

By Thomas Hardy

Chapter 35

  • Lucetta overhears Henchard reading her old letters to Farfrae, and she's terrified that Henchard will reveal the truth.
  • At the end of their conversation, she hears Farfrae advising Henchard to burn the letters, and Henchard refuses to do so.
  • The next day Lucetta sends a note to Henchard asking him to meet her at the Casterbridge Ring.
  • This, of course, is the same spot where Henchard was first reunited with Susan.
  • She begs him to give her the letters so she can destroy them and to stop fooling around and promise never to tell Farfrae the truth.
  • He feels sorry for her and promises.