Dimmesdale -- young clergyman
, who had come from one of the great English universities, bringing all the learning of the age into our wild forest land.
The awe-struck silence was first broken by the clergyman
But I am not sure of that; at least I know that the people in Broxton and Hayslope would have been very sorry to part with their clergyman
, and that most faces brightened at his approach; and until it can be proved that hatred is a better thing for the soul than love, I must believe that Mr.
A fine preacher is followed and admired; but it is not in fine preaching only that a good clergyman
will be useful in his parish and his neighbourhood, where the parish and neighbourhood are of a size capable of knowing his private character, and observing his general conduct, which in London can rarely be the case.
I don't care a button myself for Paul's Penny, or such things," he admitted in answer to some antiquarian openings from the clergyman
who was slightly acquainted with him, "but I wear the King's coat, you know, and it's a serious thing when the King's uncle leaves a thing here with his own hands under my charge.
, inwardly cursing the female sex, bowed, and departed with her message.
The old clergyman
had slipped on a stone in mid-stream, and, as he dragged a dripping leg up the opposite bank, he had sworn an oath worthy of the "godless young man" who had put him to flight, and on whose demerits he had descanted with so much eloquence and indignation.
I don't mean that I want to be a bad fellow in any way; but I've no taste for the sort of thing people expect of a clergyman
proposes to get a few influential names to begin with, and to start a subscription.
And she thought only of them as the clergyman
laid his hand upon her head, and spoke of the holy baptism, of the covenant with God, and how she should be now a matured Christian; and the organ pealed so solemnly; the sweet children's voices sang, and the old music-directors sang, but Karen only thought of her red shoes.
She started up with the activity of a young woman, went to the window, waited till the clergyman
passed, and bowed to him solemnly.
what necessary things I had provided for them, and how they were distributed, which they were very sensible of, and very thankful for, I began to talk to them of the scandalous life they led, and gave them a full account of the notice the clergyman
had taken of it; and arguing how unchristian and irreligious a life it was, I first asked them if they were married men or bachelors?
On the opposite side sat a bald- headed old gentleman, with a good-humoured, benevolent face-- the clergyman
of Dingley Dell; and next him sat his wife, a stout, blooming old lady, who looked as if she were well skilled, not only in the art and mystery of manufacturing home-made cordials greatly to other people's satisfaction, but of tasting them occasionally very much to her own.
Why, the fact is, he's fond of teaching, and wishes to keep up his studies, and a clergyman
has but little opportunity for that in his parochial duties.
Having now disburdened himself of his great surprise, the schoolmaster sat down, and drawing Nell to his side, told her how he had learnt that ancient tenement had been occupied for a very long time by an old person, nearly a hundred years of age, who kept the keys of the church, opened and closed it for the services, and showed it to strangers; how she had died not many weeks ago, and nobody had yet been found to fill the office; how, learning all this in an interview with the sexton, who was confined to his bed by rheumatism, he had been bold to make mention of his fellow-traveller, which had been so favourably received by that high authority, that he had taken courage, acting on his advice, to propound the matter to the clergyman