The Mayor of Casterbridge - Study Guide Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 9 Summary

Michael accompanies Farfrae the next morning as the latter leaves for Bristol and America. Michael again offers him the manager's job and offers to agree to any terms that Farfrae may suggest. Farfrae changes his mind and accepts, and immediately starts to work for Michael. Susan and Elizabeth-Jane talk over breakfast, and Susan decides that Elizabeth-Jane should approach Michael to tell him that Susan, "a sailor's widow," has returned and wishes to see him. Elizabeth-Jane sets out on this errand and is surprised to find Farfrae working in Michael's workplace when she arrives.

Chapter 9 Analysis

Michael shows his stubborn determination in this chapter in his relentless pursuit of Farfrae. Once Farfrae finally agrees, Michael springs into action by ordering a messenger to bring Farfrae's luggage from Bristol. These actions develop Michael's character, showing him to be an impulsive character but also a shrewd businessperson. Elizabeth-Jane...

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