The Mayor of Casterbridge - Chapter 39 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 39 Summary

We learn at the beginning of this chapter that Farfrae had been bound for Budmouth, but had instead gone to Weatherbury after Whittle brings him an anonymous letter. The letter turns out to be a diversion sent by one of the townsfolk (Longways) to draw him away so the "skimmity-ride" can take place.

Lucetta soon sees effigies of herself and Michael being paraded through town on a donkey. She is shocked, and immediately faints and has a "fit." A doctor comes, and we learn that Lucetta is pregnant. The doctor says that Farfrae should be brought back because her condition is critical, and a messenger is sent to Budmouth to find him.

Meanwhile, Benjamin Grower hunts for the people who planned and executed the public display. None of the townsfolk will tell him anything, and even a visit to Peter's Finger produces no...

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