The Mayor of Casterbridge - Chapter 28 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 28 Summary

Because he was mayor, Michael is still a magistrate (judge) in Casterbridge, and so as this chapter begins he is sitting in judgment of an old woman he thinks that he may recognize. Hardy lets the reader know that despite his passions Michael is a fairly, competent judge. The woman turns out to be the "furmity woman," and she reveals to everyone present that Michael once sold Susan and Elizabeth-Jane. She argues that because of this, Michael is not fit to judge her. In shame, Michael confirms quickly leaves the courtroom.

Lucetta hears about Michael's past and worries that her newly rebuilt reputation will be damaged by marrying him. Elizabeth-Jane urges her to leave town for a brief rest and becomes the woman of High-Place Hall while she is gone. Michael visits and finds out Lucetta has left Casterbridge.

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