The Vicar of Wakefield, although a man of culture and learning, is a poor man at business. Despite the fact that he inherited a large fortune, he loses it through the dishonesty of others, and at the age of fifty we find him living in a humble cottage, fighting desperately to support his large family. At this juncture two strangers introduce themselves to the Vicar. One is the young squire who owns the cottage in which the Vicar lives, and the other, Sir Witham, the squire's uncle. Sir Witham, however, does not disclose his rank, but poses as a simple country gentleman. The squire becomes infatuated with the Vicar's elder daughter, Olivia, and against the warnings of her father, she is induced to elope with him, the squire having arranged for a mock marriage. Later Olivia discovers how she had been tricked, and leaves the squire, who visits his wrath upon the entire family by having the Vicar imprisoned for debt. In prison the Vicar inspires the admiration and affection of all his ... Written by
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