The Mayor of Casterbridge
The movements in mutually opposed directions — one towards strife and extinction, the other towards peace and survival, one embodied in Henchard’s career, the other in that of Elizabeth-Jane — are evident in this novel, too. But if they are not so very well defined as in The Return of the Native, it is because Hardy, as stated in the preface to the present novel, is absorbed here in ‘a study of one man’s deeds and character’ almost exclusively. The Mayor of Casterbridge is more interesting as a narrative than as a clear exhibition of Hardy’s philosophy of life.
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