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The plot of The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy can often be confusingand difficult to follow The pages of this novel are filled with sex scandaland alcohol butit provides for a very interesting and unique story It all begins one dayin the large Wessexvillage of Weydon-Priors Michael Henchard a young hay-trusser looking forwork entersthe village with his wife and infant daughter What follows next is certainlya little out ofthe ordinary and this book provides and interesting plot that is sure tobrighten up anyboring dayMichael Henchard looking for something to drink enters into a tent wherean oldwoman is selling furmity a liquid pudding made of boiled wheat eggs sugarand spicesHenchard consumes too many bowls of furmity spiked with rum Feeling trappedby hismarriage and under the influence Henchard threatens to auction his familyThe auctionbegins as a kind of cruel joke but Susan Henchard in anger retaliates byleaving with asailor who makes the highest bid Henchard regrets his decision the nextday but he isunable to find his familyExactly eighteen years pass Susan and her daughter Elizabeth-Jane come backtothe fair seeking news about Henchard The sailor has been lost at sea andSusan isreturning to her rightful husband At the infamous furmity tent they learnHenchard hasmoved to Casterbridge where he has become a prosperous grain merchant andeven mayorWhen Henchard learns that his family has returned he is determined to righthis old wrongHe devises a plan for courting and marrying Susan again and for adoptingher daughterA young Scotsman named Donald Farfrae enters Casterbridge on the same dayasSusan and Elizabeth-Jane Henchard takes an instant liking to the total strangerandconvinces Farfrae to stay on in Casterbridge as his right-hand man Henchardeven tellsFarfrae the two greatest secrets of his life the sale of his wife and theaffair he has had witha Jersey woman Lucetta Henchard is confused as to how to make good on hisbad actsHenchard remarries Susan who dies soon afterward leaving behind a letterto beopened on Elizabeth-Janes wedding day Henchard reads
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