Mr. Tucker was the middle-aged curate, one of the "inferior clergy," who are usually not wanting in sons.
However, since Miss Brooke had become engaged in a conversation with Mr. Casaubon about the Vaudois clergy, Sir James betook himself to Celia, and talked to her about her sister; spoke of a house in town, and asked whether Miss Brooke disliked London.
You said, according to him, that he would be one of those ridiculous clergymen who help to make the whole clergy ridiculous.
Plenty of beneficed clergy are poorer than they will be.
With some endowment of stupidity and conceit, she might have thought that a Christian young lady of fortune should find her ideal of life in village charities, patronage of the humbler clergy, the perusal of "Female Scripture Characters," unfolding the private experience of Sara under the Old Dispensation, and Dorcas under the New, and the care of her soul over her embroidery in her own boudoir—with a background of prospective marriage to a man who, if less strict than herself, as…
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Under labor law, the clergy can be required to uphold the beliefs of the religion they have chosen.