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The Mayor of Casterbridge: One of Hardy’s Wessex novelsit is set in a fictional rural England with Casterbridge standing in for Dorchester in Dorset where the author spent his youth. It was first published as a weekly serialisation from January The novel is considered to be one of Hardy’s masterpieces, although it has been criticised for incorporating too many incidents: At a country fair near Casterbridge in Wessex Michael Henchard, a year-old cassterbridge, argues with his wife Susan.

Drunk on rum-laced furmity he auctions her off, along with their baby daughter Elizabeth-Jane, to Richard Newson, a passing sailor, for five guineas. Sober the next day, he is remorseful too late and, despite his strenuous efforts, cannot locate his family. He vows never to touch liquor again for 21 years. Soon after, he is lost at sea. Lacking any means of support, Susan decides to seek out Henchard again, taking her daughter with her.

Susan has told Elizabeth-Jane little about Henchard; the young woman alcaled only that he is a relative by marriage. Susan discovers that Henchard has become a very successful grain merchant and Mayor of Casterbridge, known for his staunch sobriety.

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He has avoided explaining how he lost his wife, allowing people to assume he is a widower. When the couple are reunited, Henchard proposes remarrying Susan after a sham courtship, as this is the simplest and most discreet way to remedy matters and prevent Elizabeth-Jane learning of their disgrace. To do this, however, he is forced to break an engagement with a woman named Lucetta, who had nursed him when he was ill.

Donald Farfrae, a young and energetic Scotsman passing through Casterbridge, helps Henchard by showing him how to salvage substandard grain he has bought. Henchard takes a great liking to the man and persuades him not to emigrate. Henchard hires him as his corn factoralcalse turning away a man named Jopp to whom he had already offered the job. Farfrae is extremely successful in the role, and increasingly outshines ce employer. When he catches the eye of Elizabeth-Jane, Henchard dismisses him and Farfrae sets himself up as an independent merchant.


Farfrae conducts himself with scrupulous honesty, but Henchard is so determined to ruin his rival that he makes risky business decisions that prove disastrous. As a result, Henchard behaves coldly towards the second Elizabeth-Jane. She accepts a position as companion to Miss Lucetta Templeman, a newcomer, unaware that Lucetta had a relationship with Henchard which resulted in cqsterbridge social ruin.

Now wealthy after receiving an inheritance from her aunt, and learning that Henchard’s wife had died, she has come to Casterbridge to marry him. However, on meeting Farfrae, she becomes attracted to him, and he to her. Henchard’s alcalre difficulties persuade him that he should marry Lucetta quickly. But she is in love with Farfrae, and they run away one weekend to get married, not telling Se until after the fact.

Henchard’s credit collapses and he goes bankrupt. Farfrae buys Henchard’s old business and tries to help Henchard by employing him as a journeyman. Lucetta asks Henchard to return her old love letters, and Henchard asks Jopp to take them to her. Jopp, who still bears a grudge for having been cheated out of the position of factor, opens the letters and reads them out loud at an inn. Some of the casterbrideg class townspeople publicly shame Henchard and Lucetta with xlcalde of them in a skimmington ride.

Lucetta is so devastated by alcalse spectacle that she collapses, has a miscarriage and dies. The next day, Newson — who it transpires was not lost at sea — arrives at Henchard’s door asking about his daughter.

Henchard, who has come to value her kindness to him in his impoverished state, is afraid of losing her companionship and tells Newson she is dead. Newson leaves in sorrow. After 21 years, Henchard’s vow of abstinence expires, and he starts drinking again. Eventually discovering that he has been lied to, Newson returns, and Henchard disappears rather than endure a confrontation. Casterbirdge rebuffs him, and he departs for good.

Later, regretting her coldness, she and Farfrae set out to find him. They arrive too late, and learn that he has died alone.


They also find his last written statement: The novel is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge, based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset. In the opening sentence of the novel, Hardy writes that the events took place “before the nineteenth century had reached one-third of its span”.

The literary critic Dale Kramer saw it as being set somewhat later — in the late s, corresponding to Hardy’s youth in Dorchester. Hardy started work on The Mayor of Casterbridge in the spring ofafter caasterbridge three-year pause. It was issued with a alcqlde print run of only copies.

Hardy himself felt that in his efforts to get an incident into almost every weekly instalment he had added events to the narrative somewhat too freely, resulting alfalde over-elaboration. In her biography of Thomas Hardy, the author Claire Tomalin called the book a ‘masterpiece’, a deeply imagined dramatic and poetic work, with a narrative on a grand scale and paced with extraordinary moments.

Hardy’s portrait of Henchard — depressive, black-tempered, self-destructive but also lovable as alcalfe child is lovable — she considered one of his strongest achievements.

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