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|Question on Chapter 2 - "strange wants"
Written by PeggyC
(5/2/2005 12:14 p.m.)
In the beginning of Chapter 2, the Vicar states that he has been,
"...exhorting the married men to temperance, and the bachelors to matrimony; so that in a few years it was a common saying, that there were three strange wants at Wakefield, a parson wanting pride, young men wanting wives, and ale-houses wanting customers."
Which way does he mean it?
1.) Literally, that the village, unlike other villages, is "strangely" lacking the usual prideful parson (instead he is NOT prideful), wild-oats-sowing young men (instead they WANT to be married), and boozing parishioners; OR
2.) Facetiously, that these wants/desires are "strange" (as in UNKNOWN) to this village. So the parson is, indeed, prideful; the young men are boffing the local dairy maids, and the parishoners like their pubs?
In the literal view, he would be rather bragging on himself and his abilities as a vicar. In the second scenario, he would be skewering himself as an ineffectual, moral leader! Quite opposite ideas, and I'm conused!
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