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In a depressed and drunken state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a country fair. When he becomes sober again he realizes what he has done, and although unable to find his wife and child, he changes his ways. He moves to the county town of Casterbridge and becomes its Mayor. Then, nearly twenty years on, his terrible past mistake comes back to haunt him.