Talk:Bowl of rye sprouts

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No, truly, in one of the early chapters of The Mayor of Casterbridge, Henchard (the mayor) is being hounded because he purchased grown wheat and rye for the town, which cannot be used for bread making. The Scotchman named Donald Farfrae shows the Mayor a method (I don't know if such a method actually exists, however) by which the wheat and rye can be partially reclaimed and used. Here is a short plot overview from sparknotes.

Summary: Chapter IV As they approach Casterbridge, Susan and Elizabeth-Jane pass by two men who, they believe, mention the name Henchard in their conversation. Elizabeth-Jane asks her mother if she should run after the men to ask them about their relative, but Susan, fearing that Henchard may be a disreputable citizen, advises against it. They arrive in Casterbridge, hungry from their journey, and ask a woman where the nearest baker’s shop is. The woman tells them there is no good bread in Casterbridge because the corn-factor has sold “grown wheat,” grain that has sprouted before harvest, to the millers and bakers. Susan and Elizabeth-Jane find some biscuits at a nearby shop and head off toward the sound of music in the distance.


  • i still agree with the original reverter. however, if you can get riff or skullhead to admit they've even read the book on the radio this can be reconsidered. oh, and by the way, use the substitution text --~~~~ to sign your posts. --Evilkolbot 13:04, 21 February 2008 (CST)
  • There are references, and there are coincidences. This would be a coincidence. Jick and Co. are usually very direct when it comes to references. If you can't make a really, really solid link in, say, a sentence, it's probably not a reference. --TechSmurf 13:25, 21 February 2008 (CST)