The Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas Hardy
Contributed by Bobbie Heil
Chapter 11

The Ring of Casterbridge, the meeting site, is used as a common point for appointments of many varieties, but rarely to reunite happy lovers, owing to its morbid history as the location of the town gallows. Henchard’s first words upon seeing Susan are about his vow, and the two embrace each other and apologize for their pasts. He tells her about his plan: that she and Elizabeth-Jane should take up residence in Casterbridge, that he should meet them and woo Susan, and then that they should be reunited in a lawful marriage. Though Susan has some objections, she consents to the plan, and they take leave of each other.

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