This has been my take on Pimber's suicide:
. I'm unclear why Henry killed himself, but he is acutely disappointed when he realizes that Omensetter is just a man, not a "miracle." Especially after he had "cured" Henry's lockjaw with his beetroot poultice. The magic was drained from the world, leaving him with ashes and emptiness. Perhaps in his act of ultimate despair, Henry wanted to perform something truly extraordinary himself in an attempt to restore the miraculous. Hence, the climb to an exceptional height.
This is what I found from Gass's description of Henry's thoughts immediately before his suicide.
I don't know whether Omensetter was having an affair with Mrs. Pimber. The biggest clue that I found that suggested the possibility is Mrs. Pimber assuming it is Omensetter when Furber breaks into her house.
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