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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 have to pay a visit to some old lady'.
She uses the term 'some old lady'. This shows that Marian is
disrespectful to old people and is not bothered whom she visits, as
long as she gets her points.

When asked which old lady she had to visit, Marian answered, 'any of
them will do'. This again shows that Marian only wanted to visit old
ladies for a few points. Behind on of the doors, an old lady coughed,
which to Marian seemed like a sheep bleating. Marian refers to old
ladies as sheep.

She describes the old ladies room as crowded and dark. She thought the
whole room smelt wet. Marian felt she was caught in a robbers cave.
She now refers to the old ladies as robbers the first old lady is very
kind and welcoming, whilst the other old lady in bed is moody an quite
mean.

As a minister of his religion, the curate feels that it his duty to
spread the word of God to Mrs Chundle. So instead of leaving the
situation as it is, the Curate is determined to change Mrs Chundle's
faith more toward God. This is why he got involved with Mrs Chundle.

Next morning the Curate strode across to Mrs Chundle's cottage and
confronted her about her lie. He then asked Mrs Chundle to come to
church on Sunday and that he...

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