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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

Character Analysis Minor Characters

There are a number of rustics who not only provide atmosphere but act something like a chorus in Greek drama. Through Mrs. Cuxsom, Nance Mockridge, Christopher Coney, and Solomon Longways, the reader gets a feeling of the community, not only as it is but how it feels. These characters are partly individualized, Nance being low and spiteful, and Solomon, like his biblical namesake, aspiring toward a judicious outlook on events.