The Mayor of Casterbridge - Chapter 45 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 45 Summary

Soon after she marries, Farfrae Elizabeth-Jane discovers the dead bird, still in its cage, in her garden. She realizes that it must have been a present from Michael, and she feels tremendously guilt for treating him so badly on her wedding day. She and Farfrae begin to search for Michael, but have no luck finding him for several weeks. Finally, they spot Abel Whittle near a humble cottage. They follow him and learn that Michael has just died. They find a note he has left asking that no one honor his life in any way, and asking that no one remember him.

Elizabeth-Jane is sad that Michael has died alone and unloved, but she decides to honor his wishes and not make a fuss over his death. The novel closes with Elizabeth-Jane deciding to live her life with gratitude for what she has, and she is happy...

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