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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

Character Analysis Newson

Newson, if we are to accept the statements of Susan and Elizabeth-Jane, is a kind, jovial man. We are given a demonstration of his kindness — or forgiving nature — when he refuses to chastise Henchard for lying to him. His trusting nature is shown again when he takes Henchard's word at face value and departs without even visiting the cemetery. Yet he is thoughtful of others. The story of his loss at sea is a kindly deception by which he will give Susan the freedom to return to Henchard.