The Vicar and Olivia (Chap.22-23)
Written by Lynn Marie
(5/12/2005 10:24 a.m.)
"I have here brought you back a poor deluded wanderer; her return to duty demands the revival of our tenderness...If we live harmoniously together,we may yet be contented...The kindness of heaven is promised to the penitent,and let ours be directed by the example".
The Vicar's reaction and treatment of Olivia show his true colors. Despite the fact that he might have been a little silly at times (knocking over the face wash,being taken in by the hucksters at the fair,his part in the family portrait,etc.),he is a good man at heart and rather than denouncing Olivia and casting her out as some fathers would have done at that time, and possibly some churchmen would have as well, he tries his best to comfort her and rallies the family around her. I like his character very much for this and think that Goldsmith helped to round him out in this way.