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Chapter 16

There is little change in the business aspect between the two men, but their friendship has suffered, since Henchard is now only courteous to Farfare, when he used to be compassionate. There is a national holiday upcoming, and Farfrae asks Henchard if he can borrow several cloths to set up some entertainment for that day. Henchard is willing, although he is mad that as mayor, he does not think of the idea first. He quickly remedies his oversight and decides to organize his own celebration, on behalf of the town council. Henchard is delighted to hear that Farfrae is charging admission to his own fest, since the town's festivities will be free.
On the day of the event, the weather is dreary and soon it begins to rain heavily. After Henchard waits out the rain for several hours, it appears as if the celebration can continue. However, all the patrons have already made their way towards Farfrae's affair, which had been cleverly covered to fight the elements. Henchard sullenly closes his own festivities and resolves to see his competition. He sees Farfrae in the midst of the dancers, with the attention of many women admirers. Looking on, he also sees his wife and stepdaughter participating, with Elizabeth-Jane even dancing with Farfrae himself. Overcome with jealousy, inflamed by the comments of the townspeople, Henchard alludes to Farfrae's dismissal as his corn manager. Farfrae quietly assents to the firing, but the next morning, when Henchard's envy is abated, he is disturbed that his good employee might have taken his demand seriously.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Chapters 1 and 2
Chapters 3 and 4
Chapters 5 and 6
Chapters 7 and 8
Chapters 9 and 10
Chapters 11, 12, and 13
Chapters 14 and 15
Chapter 16
Chapters 17 and 18
Chapters 19 and 20
Chapters 21 and 22
Chapters 23 and 24
Chapters 25 and 26
Chapter 27
Chapters 28 and 29
Chapters 30 and 31
Chapters 32 and 33
Chapter 34
Chapters 35 and 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapters 40 and 41
Chapters 42 and 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45


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