The Hanged Man - 10 August 1858

Oddest thing, we just met young Tommy out on the heath with his telescope. It was a lovely summer's morning and we thought a stroll around might do us good before Hnaef got off to the important job of watching the harvest coming in. But young Tommy didn't look like anything had done him any good.

Turns out he'd been watching the hanging down at Casterbridge through his telescope. Would you believe it - they're still executing people in public? I mean- this is the Victorian age after all. And poor Tommy has a right case of the shakes.

And he's an impressionable lad at the best of times. He thinks too much, in my opinion.

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