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Melissa_W
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THE DOLL: "And Now to God the Father"

Please use this thread for discussion of "And Now to God the Father".

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Oh, boy, what a hypocrite the Reverand Holloway is!  I wonder if he even realizes it.  Probably not, since he is so idolized and successful in the pulpit that I'm sure he is convinced that he is the greatest Vicar ever.  And his congregation certainly seem to think so, too.  But he is very worldly and thinks only of himself.  What is most important to him is his position in society and being admired and invited by the highest lords and ladies.  It is strongly implied that he has even had affairs with some of the women.

 

The Vicar seems to think he is very compassionate, and we hear him say over and over that he knows exactly what the person he is speaking to is going through.  But he is almost annoyed to have to leave lunch with one of his influential friends to go speak to some men in a hospital.  The only think he looks forward to is how impressed they will be.  At the end, when one man asks a question that makes him go off script (even though it is a question about Christ being the son of God), he feels defeated.

 

And in the issue of the young Lord who has had an affair with a commoner and gotten her pregnant, his priorities are aven more clear.  He wants to help his aristocratic friend, and thinks with pleasure of the invititations he will receive as a result.  The girl, who really deserves the more sympathy for having been taken advantage of, he tells that it is really her own fault and that if it comes out, society will say that she was only a gold-digger.  No matter how much she protests, he repeatedly tells her that he agrees with her, but everyone else will think so.  Then he 'generously' and 'compassionately' says he will arrange for her to stay with some women until the baby is born, then arrange for her to go abroad with a missionary and take her baby from her and place in a home he oversees.  When the poor girl leaves and commits suicide, he is much more upset by another article in the paper criticizing his society friends.

 

But life goes on as usual for him, and he continues to think he is just the greatest Vicar!  It's sad how deceived so many people are that they believe this.

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God was secondary to the priest of this story.  That twist is what made the story.  My mind could not fall back to assumptions about how a priest should act and think.  His people thought of him as broad minded, but he really wasn’t --- he was extremely self-centered.  Because he didn’t really care about his people’s problems, he must have come across to them as a priest with a light touch, broadminded, but in reality, he was detached and self absorbed.

 

The quote at the top of page 53 sums up the story so well:

 

“But this is monstrously unjust!’ he cried aloud.  He was thinking of the Socialist article. 

 

I gasped when I read that.

 

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dulcinea3 wrote:

 

 

But life goes on as usual for him, and he continues to think he is just the greatest Vicar!  It's sad how deceived so many people are that they believe this.


You're right, it is a sad story.  I was so caught up in the emotions I felt toward the priest, I, too, did not truly see and feel for the people who he should minister to, the pregnant girl and the wounded men.

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Fozzie wrote:

God was secondary to the priest of this story.  That twist is what made the story.  My mind could not fall back to assumptions about how a priest should act and think.  His people thought of him as broad minded, but he really wasn’t --- he was extremely self-centered.  Because he didn’t really care about his people’s problems, he must have come across to them as a priest with a light touch, broadminded, but in reality, he was detached and self absorbed.

 

The quote at the top of page 53 sums up the story so well:

 

“But this is monstrously unjust!’ he cried aloud.  He was thinking of the Socialist article. 

 

I gasped when I read that.

 


I know what you mean.  Throughout the story, we see more and more what this man is like, and how uncaring he really is (even though he has everybody fooled), so in a way, we should be expecting this.  Nevertheless, it is just so outrageously unfeeling that we are still shocked!

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