Hardy's protagonists are usually female, and Henchard is the only fully developed male figure in all of his fiction. Plot Summary In the opening scene, Michael Henchard arrives at a country fair with his wife and child, looking for work. But in the morning, when his jealous temper had passed away, his heart sank within him at what he had said and done. Hardy was the third Thomas of his family. However, the two become rivals. In view of these revised words, the role of Lucetta merits a close examination. When he lies to Newson about her death, he is trying not to lose her.
Even when Susan and Elizabeth-Jane succeed in forgiving him, he can never quite forgive himself. Moreover, Hardy is so often passing from particular facts to life in general that we may safely take some of his views to be his philosophy of life. He was the child of a country stonemason. Meanwhile, Lucetta has moved to Casterbridge in an attempt to reunite with Henchard. He goes to the weather-diviner to find out the weather, and he almost commits suicide at the Ten Hatches Pool when he sees his effigy floating in the water.
The present consists of the time after the woman has died when the speaker hears her voice, looks back at their time together and expresses a feeling of grief, regret, guilt, and loneliness. The author establishes a contrast between these particular moments through the use of several different devices. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him. Henchard, feeling his old ardour rekindled, calls on her but is told to return the next day. Farfrae seems to have more feelings than Hardy would like to credit him with. Whittle does not forget this and is the only one to minister to his needs when his death nears. Though readers abhor his decision to sell his wife and child, they come to sympathize with him as he seeks to make amends for this rash choice.
Because of these differences, Farfrae rises to the top while Henchard begins to sink into disrespect. He quickly falls in love with Lucetta and does everything he can to be with her. Henchard relents and sends a package of love letters that she had written to him back to her. And then, when I had promised you, I learnt of the rumor that you had--sold your first wife at a fair like a horse or cow! He does everything in his power to crush Farfrae; but whenever he has the chance to harm him, he does not act. Henchard is also shown to have a fluctuating temper, even with those who are close to him. Hardy then began to see the world without any ruler or God.
In the beginning, the reader is awed by his raw strength. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Through summarizing the plot and analyzing the characters, we will look at the ultimate themes of remorse and redemption. Farfrae's time as my manager is drawing to a close--isn't it, Farfrae? Unfortunately, he is also overbearing, egoistic, jealous, intolerant, impulsive, and short tempered. The top is obviously scissor cut, but I wouldn't try to measure the length of his bangs and just copy it.
Progress must ultimately triumph over the old way of life, leaving Henchard defeated and disgraced. Farfrae does not mourn or cry at the death of his wife Lucetta, and immediately begins to court and eventually marry Elizabeth-Jane. Henchard is also shown to have a fluctuating temper, even with those who are close to him. She herself was expecting Henchard but, after meeting the Scotsman, falls in love with him instead. It implies that at one point of their relationship, at the earlier times, their days were good, due to the presence of love. Some shorter passages and names, omitted or altered for reasons which no longer exist, In the original printing of both English and American editions, have also been replaced or Inserted.
When the 'furmity woman' makes her dramatic revelation in court, he does not make any attempt to deny the sale of his wife. These qualities, coupled with his wisdom, endear him to the people of Casterbridge, who eventually make him the Mayor. He hires Donald Farfrae to manage his business but there is tension between them. Farfrae on the other hand, is an unrivalled intellectual who saves the town from ruined crops, charismatic and is respected by the townsfolk as a leader and a saviour; everything Henchard wants to be. Even though he attempts to hide his sin of selling his wife and child, he is always honest and honorable in Casterbridge. Where Henchard is a careless businessman, not given to detail, Farfrae has exceptional business acumen and organization. Donald Farfrae, a young Scot, is passing through Casterbridge at the same time as Susan arrives.
Meanwhile, Susan and Newson, living as husband and wife, move to Canada, where Elizabeth-Jane dies. When he wakes, repentant, he swears that he will not drink for 21 years. Meanwhile, Elizabeth-Jane and Farfrae fall in love, and Newson helps them plan a grand wedding. Thomas Hardy: The World of his Novels. In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. And now--though I came here to kill 'ee, I cannot hurt thee! But, whereas Henchard has no penchant for creative endeavors, Donald has cultivated a pleasant singing voice and knows how to give an entertainment that will appeal to others. The first phase 1840-1870 embraces childhood, adolescence, apprenticeship, first marriage, early poems and his first unpublished novel.
In a skimmity-ride, effigies of the man and woman are tied to the back of a donkey and paraded through the streets. However, his poems also display the transcendent possibilities of sound, line, and breath. Your life is in my hands. He pours all his homesickness and nostalgia into the songs, and everyone is touched by his performance. Farfrae becomes popular in the community, and Henchard, resenting this, fires him. At first, the onlookers assume he is only joking, but Richard Newson takes him up on his offer. He overhears the Mayor say that nothing can be done about the rotten wheat he has been selling and sends him a formula for saving it; Henchard is so impressed that he appoints Farfrae as manager of his business.