The Mayor of Casterbridge - Study Guide Chapter 41 Summary & Analysis

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Elizabeth-Jane comes to visit Michael the following morning to let him know about Lucetta's death. Michael insists that she get some sleep, and begins preparing breakfast for her. As she sleeps, the sea captain that Jopp had described comes to visit once more. This sea captain is in fact Newson, who tells Michael that he had staged his death / disappearance because he knew Susan was worried about the shame of her situation. He also turns out to be the man who gave a sovereign to help pay for the "skimmity-ride." Newson explains that he wants to see Elizabeth-Jane, but Michael is afraid that the reappearance of her father will destroy their new relationship. He tells Newson that Elizabeth-Jane is dead, and Newson leaves Casterbridge.

When Elizabeth-Jane wakes up, Michael sends her away quickly in case Newson returns. He then heads to a point in the...

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