generous offer to show Michael Henchard
how to restore the quality of a harvest of bad wheat is the basis of these two characters’ first interaction and subsequent business partnership. The conversation the two men have in the King of Prussia hotel, concerning this process, symbolizes more than the start of a dramatic relationship between these two characters. Susan Henchard
, Henchard’s long lost family members, overhear this conversation as they are wondering whether or not to approach Henchard again. In this context, the restoration of wheat, symbolizes the restoration of Susan and Michael Henchard’s marriage. Henchard, at first, believes wheat that has gone bad cannot be restored, but Farfrae shows him that there is still hope for improving the quality of his product, although it may never be what it once was. Just so, a wrong from the past is healed as well as it can be when Susan and Michael are reunited and remarried.