Study Guide

The Mayor of Casterbridge Chapter 44

By Thomas Hardy

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Chapter 44

  • Henchard, meanwhile, walks straight out of town and keeps walking until he can't go any further.
  • He sleeps the first night in a hayfield.
  • Eventually he arrives at Weydon, the town where he sold Susan.
  • He can't stop thinking about Elizabeth-Jane, and instead of walking still further away from Casterbridge, he starts walking in an orbit around the town.
  • He constantly imagines what Elizabeth-Jane might be doing – going on a walk, working on her sewing, etc.
  • Meanwhile, back in Casterbridge, Elizabeth-Jane and Farfrae are celebrating their wedding.
  • Everyone is dancing, Newson just as exuberantly as any of the young folks.

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