There was a murmur among the dignified and reverend occupants of the balcony; and Governor Bellingham gave expression to its purport, speaking in an authoritative voice, although tempered with respect towards the youthful clergyman
whom he addressed.
Upon which, the clergyman
said again, "WHO giveth this woman to be married to this man?
But, though the clergyman
might have given his moral even a keener point, he did not fail to dispatch an attendant to inquire into the mystery, and stop those sounds, so dismally appropriate to such a marriage.
It is more needful that I should have a fibre of sympathy connecting me with that vulgar citizen who weighs out my sugar in a vilely assorted cravat and waistcoat, than with the handsomest rascal in red scarf and green feathers--more needful that my heart should swell with loving admiration at some trait of gentle goodness in the faulty people who sit at the same hearth with me, or in the clergyman
of my own parish, who is perhaps rather too corpulent and in other respects is not an Oberlin or a Tillotson, than at the deeds of heroes whom I shall never know except by hearsay, or at the sublimest abstract of all clerical graces that was ever conceived by an able novelist.
You assign greater consequence to the clergyman
than one has been used to hear given, or than I can quite comprehend.
It does you credit, I admit," replied the clergyman
, who had the air of one on a holiday, did not remember the ladies quite as clearly as they remembered him.
Of course I caught nothing; but, towards the close of the gold-brown afternoon, I made yet another new acquaintance, in the person of a little old clergyman
who attacked me pleasantly from the rear.
But what embarrassed Philip most was that she was heavily powdered: he had very strict views on feminine behaviour and did not think a lady ever powdered; but of course Miss Wilkinson was a lady because she was a clergyman
's daughter, and a clergyman
was a gentleman.
I used often to wish I had been something else than a clergyman
," he said to Lydgate, "but perhaps it will be better to try and make as good a clergyman
out of myself as I can.
The life and adventures of our charming young clergyman
, bear eloquent testimony to the saintly patience of his disposition, under trials which would have overwhelmed an ordinary man.
I have seen the clergyman
of the parish, who takes an interest in the case--"