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Chapters 9 and 10

Chapter 9

Elizabeth-Jane awakens the next day to hear Henchard calling up to Farfrae, inquiring about his journey out of Casterbridge. They decide to walk together out of town, until the coach caught up with Farfrae to carry him the rest of the way. Elizabeth-Jane continues to stare at the men as they walk out of sight, lamenting Farfare's departure. Susan is reminded of Henchard's wealth and prosperity from his corn business and resolves to meet Henchard, for the sake of her daughter. She sends Elizabeth-Jane a note to Henchard, in the guise of a sailor's widow who is in town. She is optimistic about the outcome since Henchard is both a lonely widower and one who laments a past deed, but she instructs her daughter not to be imposing on Henchard.
Elizabeth-Jane makes her way through town, which in reality is an old town but to her untrained eyes, it is all cosmopolitan. She approaches Henchard's office, only to find Farfrae, who has been convinced by Henchard during their morning walk to stay in town as his new manager. The two men had struck an agreeable deal over a large breakfast, and Henchard has already been excitedly showing the new man the ins and outs of his business.

Chapter 10

While Elizabeth-Jane waits to be acknowledged outside Henchard's office, Joshua Jopp, the corn manager who Henchard has originally been expecting, finally arrives, but Henchard informs him that Farfrae has already filled the position. Elizabeth-Jane takes her turn in front of Henchard, and upon hearing her news, he quickly puts together that she is unaware of the tragedy but that Susan is still alive. He invites her into his home and after several more questions, he tells her that he wishes to see her mother and includes some money (the exact amount of five guineas). Henchard is temporarily shocked in case the two women turn out to be imposters, but since he will see Susan that evening, the truth will be revealed soon enough.

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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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