The Mayor of Casterbridge is haunted. Spectres are everywhere, even in the faces or actions of the living. The town of Casterbridge is a haunted place, its topographical, architectural and archaeological structures resonating with the traces of the spectral. The ghosts of other textual forms, of which the tragic is only the most persistent or obvious, haunt the very structure of the novel. Michael Henchard particularly is troubled by the past, by a certain spectral revenance. The Mayor of Casterbridge is haunted.
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