Posted by Linden on February 28, 1998 at 20:54:34:
Jane Austen's vicars - lots of them.
They're ghastly men (Mr Collins) or smashing men (Henry Tilney) or something in between (Dr Grant).
But what are they like as vicars? Henry Tilney is my favourite Austen hero, but he was probably a lousy vicar. Maybe Mr Collins was actually better - at least he lived in the parish.
Only Edmund Bertram seems to care much about the actual duties of a vicar - the rest seem much more concerned with having something to do (Edward Ferrars) or getting the money (Mr Elton).
People were much more concerned about the issue later in the century (eg Trollope's Barchester novels), but JA seems remarkably unconcerned about it for someone who was a devout Christian.
- Vicars Captain Everett 20:59:48 3/01/98 (2)
- So being a vicar was more a job than a calling? *nfm* Carolyn B 20:25:15 3/02/98 (0)
- Sorry, source is "A History of the English People in 1815" (nfm) Captain Everett 21:16:28 3/01/98 (0)
- I'm glad you mentioned this now..... Caroline 16:08:22 3/01/98 (3)
- Just a title Meesh 13:24:48 3/01/98 (0)
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