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Chapters 7 and 8

Chapter 7

Elizabeth-Jane and her mother discover that the inn, though moderate, is still too pricey for their budget. However, Elizabeth-Jane pacifies the dilemma by offering the landlady her services that evening in exchange for their lodging, an old but almost obsolete custom in Casterbridge. The landlady is agreeable nonetheless, asking her to carry dinner upstairs to the Scotch gentleman. When Elizabeth-Jane arrives at his door, he is occupied reading a paper, giving her a good opportunity to study his handsome features.
Returning to her own room, Elizabeth-Jane finds her attentive mother, eavesdropping on the conversation next door, between the Scotsman and Henchard. The mayor assumes him to be the new corn-factor manager, whom he is expecting, but the other man, Donald Farfrae, replies that he is not. Instead, Farfrae is on his way to America to partake in the growing wheat industry overseas. Henchard is highly disappointed but his primary concern is Farfrae's revelation in the note that he can restore the grown wheat and salvage Henchard's bad sales. Farfrae demonstrates the successful process that illuminates Henchard, who then tries to convince Farfrae to stay in Casterbridge as his manager. Farfrae is unconvinced but invites Henchard for a drink, it being the Three Mariners' specialty. Henchard declines, citing his vow for his shameful actions as a youth, and takes his leave of Farfrae, while continuing to praise him.

Chapter 8

Susan appears happy to hear of Henchard's vow, while Elizabeth-Jane makes her way downstairs, like Farfrae, being drawn by the lively activity and conversation. Farfrae quickly befriends the native customers and is asked to share a song from his homeland. The song is nationalistic and beautifully delivered, stirring the hearts of the locals. The townspeople discuss the merits and motives of the tune before asking Farfrae to deliver another. He obliges and enthralls his present company who soon learn that the lovely gentleman is only passing through Casterbridge with no intention of staying. Elizabeth-Jane also shares in the sorrow at Farfrae's departure, but she is called away from her thoughts by the request to turn down Farfrae's bed so that he may retire for the evening. After she is done, she meets Farfrae on her way down and he hums a romantic tune upon seeing her, causing her to hasten away due to the awkwardness. In her own room, her mother laments that they might cause future embarrassment for Henchard should he discover that Elizabeth-Jane had waited on strangers in the inn. However, Elizabeth-Jane is unconcerned, being more occupied with Farfrae. Meanwhile, outside the inn, Henchard, who is making his way home, laments again the loss of the Scotsman.

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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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