The Character of the Curate and Marian in Old Mrs. Chundle by Thomas Hardy

The Character of the Curate and Marian in Old Mrs. Chundle by Thomas Hardy

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The Character of the Curate and Marian in 'Old Mrs Chundle'


In Thomas Hardy's short story, 'Old Mrs Chundle', the Curate is a
well-respected, well-mannered and considerate man. He is determined to
spread the word of God to Mrs Chundle. Mrs Chundle is also a
considerate woman. She does not regularly visit the church and lives
alone in South Wales.

At the beginning of the story, the Curate asks for some lunch from Mrs
Chundle. At first Mrs Chundle did not hear the Curate, so he has to
repeat what he asked earlier. The Curate is an open man; he is not
ashamed of asking food from others and is willing to dine with an old
woman. This shows that the Curate is a friendly man and he does not
judge people.

The Curate strikes up a friendly conversation, which eventually leads
to Mrs Chundle lying about visiting the church once a week. Due to
this, the Curate thinks he and Mrs Chundle have something in common as
ho belongs in the same church, which Mrs Chundle lied about. He hopes
to see Mrs Chundle again which shows that the curate has become quite
friendly with her and also shows that he is a pleasant man. When the
Curate is talking to his rector, he finds out about the lie Mrs
Chundle told. His view of Mrs Chundle changes for a short while. He
now thinks of her as a wicked woman.

In Eudor Welty's short story, 'A Visit Of Charity', Marian is a
typical 14-year-old teenager. She is a campfire girl trying to gain a
few points by visiting old ladies in an 'Old Ladies Home'.

At the beginning of the story, Marian, holding a potted plant, jumps
off the bus, stops for a moment besides a prickly dark shrub and then
proceeds towards the Old Ladies Home. She says to the nurse at the
desk, 'I'm a Campfire girl I ...


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avoided her, Mrs Chundle would have had the joy of listening to God's
words once more before she had died.

Marian had not particularly learnt an important lesson. She is only a
young adolescent. The only reason she had visited the old ladies was
for a few points. When Marian came out of the Old Ladies Home, the
first thing she did was take out her apple from under the bush and
took a bite out of it. This shows that Marian was not affected in
anyway from her experience with the old ladies. She had not gone to
visit the old ladies out of her own choice but only for herself.

The Curate had learnt the most from his experience as he showed the
signs of confusion, guilt and had to ask for forgiveness from God.
Marian had just taken a bite out of her apple as soon as she got out.
She showed no signs of sympathy and compassion toward the old ladies.

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