The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy: Chapter 15
Henchard and Farfrae have become inseparable friends. The disclosure has a powerful impact on Michael Henchard's relationship with Elizabeth-Jane for the. Henchard and Farfrae, the two mayors of. Casterbridge, have very First Book of Samuel A study of literary Relationships . Thirdly, some. Summary In a flashback we learn that Lucetta has overheard Michael reading the letters to her husband. She fears he has revealed all, but when Farfrae retires.
This activity of Farfrae punctured the pride and ego of Henchard. Actually Farfrae did not intend to produce an ego puncturing effect on Henchard, Farfrae was simply trying to become rational and practical in handling such an awkward situation.
But this interference of Farfrae produced an ironic effect. Henchard began to develop a destructive rivalry towards Farfrae. Henchard intended to defeat Farfrae in social prestige and popularity by reorganizing celebration. But this celebration ended in fiasco failure. Again Henchard tried to defeat Farfrae. But it too ended in fiasco. Then Henchard tried to destroy Farfrae in a threatening way. Finally, in this inner game of destroying Farfrae Henchard destroyed himself.
Again Henchard tried to defeat Farfrae by creating a deviation in the relationship between Farfrae and Henchard. The more Henchard felt defeated the more mean and aggressive he became. In each of these steps Henchard's activities produce the reverse consequence. Finally, he went bankrupt. At the situation of bankruptcy, Henchard faced, Farfrae wanted to help Henchard by setting up a small corn business. Farfrae tried to do this out of his generosity.
His anxious will was to be among the earliest; but if his comrades omitted to pull the string that he always tied round his great toe and left hanging out the window for that purpose, his will was as wind. He did not arrive in time. As he was often second hand at the hay-weighing, or at the crane which lifted the sacks, or was one of those who had to accompany the waggons into the country to fetch away stacks that had been purchased, this affliction of Abel's was productive of much inconvenience.
For two mornings in the present week he had kept the others waiting nearly an hour; hence Henchard's threat. It now remained to be seen what would happen to-morrow. Six o'clock struck, and there was no Whittle. At half-past six Henchard entered the yard; the waggon was horsed that Abel was to accompany; and the other man had been waiting twenty minutes. Then Henchard swore, and Whittle coming up breathless at that instant, the corn-factor turned on him, and declared with an oath that this was the last time; that if he were behind once more, by God, he would come and drag him out o' bed.
Yes--it came on as a stripling, just afore I'd got man's wages, whereas I never enjoy my bed at all, for no sooner do I lie down than I be asleep, and afore I be awake I be up. I've fretted my gizzard green about it, maister, but what can I do? Now last night, afore I went to bed, I only had a scantling o' cheese and--" "I don't want to hear it!
Elizabeth and booker relationship quizzes
I'll mortify thy flesh for thee! But Abel was missing. Before either of the other men could run to Abel's and warn him Henchard appeared in the garden doorway. Not come after all I've said? Now I'll carry out my word, by my blessed fathers--nothing else will do him any good! I'm going up that way.The Mayor of Casterbridge turning point: Farfrae fired (Alan Bates, 1978)
Reaching Whittle's bedside the corn-factor shouted a bass note so vigorously that Abel started up instantly, and beholding Henchard standing over him, was galvanized into spasmodic movements which had not much relation to getting on his clothes. March on; never mind your breeches!
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Whittle then trotted on down Back Street, Henchard walking sternly behind. Just at this time Farfrae, who had been to Henchard's house to look for him, came out of the back gate, and saw something white fluttering in the morning gloom, which he soon perceived to be part of Abel's shirt that showed below his waistcoat.
Farfrae," gibbered Abel with a resigned smile of terror, "he said he'd mortify my flesh if so be I didn't get up sooner, and now he's a-doing on't! Ye see it can't be helped, Mr. Farfrae; things do happen queer sometimes! Yes-- I'll go to Blackmoor Vale half naked as I be, since he do command; but I shall kill myself afterwards; I can't outlive the disgrace, for the women-folk will be looking out of their winders at my mortification all the way along, and laughing me to scorn as a man 'ithout breeches!
You know how I feel such things, Maister Farfrae, and how forlorn thoughts get hold upon me. Yes--I shall do myself harm--I feel it coming on! If ye go not, you'll ha'e your death standing there!
Conflict between Henchard and Farfrae as the Central Thematic Element
Henchard said" "I don't care what Mr. Henchard said, nor anybody else! Go and dress yourself instantly Whittle. Get up in the waggon, Whittle.
But he paused for a moment, and their eyes met. Donald went up to him, for he saw in Henchard's look that he began to regret this. It is tyrannical and no worthy of you. You might have stopped till we were alone. I've told ye the secret o' my life-- fool that I was to do't--and you take advantage of me! Henchard looked on the ground, said nothing more, and turned away. During the day Farfrae learnt from the men that Henchard had kept Abel's old mother in coals and snuff all the previous winter, which made him less antagonistic to the corn-factor.
But Henchard continued moody and silent, and when one of the men inquired of him if some oats should be hoisted to an upper floor or not, he said shortly, "Ask Mr.