The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Abel Whittle Character Analysis

an employee of Henchard’s and then later of Farfrae’s. This young man struggles to wake up on time and arrive at work on time. Henchard clashes with his then manager Farfrae over how to punish Abel’s tardiness. Abel Whittle finds Henchard wandering alone directly before his death. He takes pity on the older man and cares for him in the days before his death.
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Abel Whittle Character Timeline in The Mayor of Casterbridge

The timeline below shows where the character Abel Whittle appears in The Mayor of Casterbridge. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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...the workers are leaving, Henchard calls back and scolds a perpetually tardy young man named Abel Whittle. Abel often over-sleeps and his comrades forget to wake him up. During the previous... (full context)
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The next morning at six, Abel does not arrive at work. Henchard finds the other man who was to work with... (full context)
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...Blackmoor Vale, so the other workers arrive at four, but there is no sign of Abel. Henchard rushes to his house and yells at the young man to head to granary—never... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Elizabeth-Jane sees that Henchard’s wagons have been painted over with Farfrae’s name. She sees Abel Whittle at work, and he tells her that Farfrae has purchased Henchard’s entire business, which... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...in the loft, he heard Farfrae come into the yard for his horse and gig. Abel Whittle brought him a letter and he told Abel that instead of heading to Budmouth,... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...Egdon Heath, and as they are planning to turn around for the day, they see Abel Whittle. (full context)
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Elizabeth-Jane and Farfrae follow Abel Whittle to a cottage where they see him enter. When they enter the cottage, they... (full context)
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Abel shows Elizabeth-Jane and Farfrae a will that Henchard produced before he died. The will does... (full context)