The Mayor of Casterbridge - Study Guide Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 14 Summary

This chapter describes how Susan and Elizabeth-Jane start to fit in with Michael. Elizabeth-Jane is very pleased with her new "stepfather," but Hardy notes that her new freedom and wealth does not change her simple and friendly outlook. Michael proposes that she change her name to Henchard, and Susan objects. Michael also discusses how Elizabeth-Jane's hair has changed color, and Susan scolds him for almost letting their secret become known.

Michael's business does well under the astute management of Farfrae. One day both Farfrae and Elizabeth-Jane receive notes asking to meet at a granary. Both insist that they did not write each other's note, and agree that they have both been duped by someone.

Chapter 14 Analysis

There are many mixed signals in this chapter. Although Elizabeth-Jane is very happy, her mother becomes elusive and difficult when Michael starts questioning her about Elizabeth-Jane's hair and name...

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