"Conjuror Fall, t'other side of Casterbridge, that they used to call Wide-O"

Wide-O features in another of Hardy's novels, The Mayor of Casterbridge. A marginal but vital character, he plays a part in the downfall of Michael Henchard when he predicts that the harvest will be bad. Henchard believes him and buys grain in bulk, anticipating that he will be able to make a lot of money selling it when the crops fail. But the signs appear to contradict Wide-O's predictions and, losing his nerve, Henchard sells the grain at a much lower price than he bought it for, making a huge loss. Just as his rival buys up Henchard's last stocks, the weather turns bad and the harvest fails after all.