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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...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)
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)