The Mayor of Casterbridge Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Michael Henchard feel when Susan leaves with the sailor?

Michael is shocked and sobers up quickly when Susan actually leaves. To Michael, this is a joke he often plays but never with expected results. Once Susan actually leaves and throws her ring, he needs to sit and take in the reality of the situation. However, he is still too drunk to follow and too proud to admit what he does is a mistake.

2. What is the atmosphere of the furmity tent when Michael offers his wife for sale?

The tent finds it funny and goes along with the joke. There are side comments here and there going along with the running joke, mostly from the men. When Michael continues to subject, some women are supportive of Susan and tells Michael it's time to quit. He does not and when someone actually puts down money, everyone pauses and takes in what is actually happening.

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