Are all of these of equal importance? Does this recital give any indication of the themes which dominate the book? If not, why do you think Hardy gives a misleading, or at least, irrelevant account of what is to follow? Against what criticisms of his book does Hardy defend himself?
Summary Analysis Susan and Elizabeth-Jane enter The King of Prussia after debating about whether or not even this moderate inn is a place they can afford to stay.
They are taken to their room where the inn, though old-fashioned and poorly constructed on the outside, is revealed to be clean and well kept with an excess of linen. Susan fears that they cannot afford to stay here, but Elizabeth-Jane insists that they must be respectable. Active Themes Elizabeth-Jane decides to sacrifice her own dignity for the sake of their situation, and so she approaches the landlady with the offer of her working at the inn, which is busy that evening, in order to help cover the cost of their accommodations.
A bell rings downstairs, and the landlady directs Elizabeth-Jane to take the Scottish gentleman his supper on a tray. Elizabeth-Jane discovers that the young man is in the room next to hers and her mothers. He is reading the local paper when she enters, and she sets down the tray and goes away without a word.
Her act of waiting on the young Scottish man reveals her curiosity about him. This, in particular, angers Henchard later in the novel because in waiting on this man, Elizabeth-Jane placed herself as inferior to him and Henchard values his own reputation and that of his family.
The man is eventually revealed as Farfrae. Henchard has called on the young Scottish man and asks if he is the one who sent the note at the Golden Crown.
Henchard thinks the young man must be Joshua Jopp, a man who he planned to meet the next day and interview for the position of manager of his business. The Scottish man instead introduces himself as Donald Farfrae, saying he is passing through town on his way to Bristol to seek passage to America.
Susan, despite her close connection to Henchard, is cautious and gathers information before revealing herself to him.
Elizabeth-Jane does not know the extent of the reason for this caution.
Farfrae is introduced as a traveler, a fortune-seeker, who is passing through Casterbridge. Farfrae willingly demonstrates the technique with a few grains he has on hand. He is only too glad to pass on the technique to Henchard, if the older man finds it useful.
Henchard is impressed and promptly offers him the position of his business manager. Farfrae, however, refuses, as he is committed to his plan to travel to America. The method for restoring poor wheat is presented in the overheard conversation. If this bad wheat can be restored, so too can the connection between Susan and Henchard.
Farfrae will not accept payment for the technique, and Henchard is again impressed by this kindness from a stranger and pleads with Farfrae to accept the post. Farfrae declines, but invites Henchard to drink with him.
Henchard says he cannot as he took a vow years ago after a deed he will be ashamed of for his whole life. The two amicably part ways. Farfrae continues his generosity toward Henchard for a large part of novel, despite their falling out.
Retrieved September 20, The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy. Part 3 out of 8. Home; Index of The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy though under a long reign of self-control he had become Mayor and churchwarden and what not, there was "Now you will, I am sure, perceive that the one condition which will make any future happiness possible .
The evolution of Casterbridge serves as another theme of The Mayor of Casterbridge. The sight of the traditional village giving way to modernism can be seen by observing the characters and plot.
The characters could represent the theme of the novel, that is, Henchard and Farfrae. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Mayor of Casterbridge, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
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- Human Destiny and Chance in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge Present readers might perceive that Thomas Hardy's viewpoint in the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge is severe and depressing. However, most people adored Hardy during his .
- Human Destiny and Chance in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge Present readers might perceive that Thomas Hardy's viewpoint in the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge is severe and depressing.
However, most people adored Hardy during his living years. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 48 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 moved in with a man to.