When the vicar is indisposed young curate Benedict Marley assumes his duties,including running the church bazaar,to the annoyance of staid Thomas,who regards Benedict's free,enlightened interpretation of the Bible as ungodly. Seeing a snake the uptight Thomas totally over-reacts and sees it as a demonic sign. Emma is also troubled by the sight of the snake as it makes her feel vulnerable as a woman temporarily without a husband. Benedict is seen leaving her house after dark and tongues wag,but Emma explains that the relationship is purely one of pastoral comfort and takes her children to the bazaar. The snake reappears but Thomas now sees it as one of God's creatures and nobody fears it. Gabriel discovers his wife's letter,thanking Dorcas for her diplomacy and,on her advice,burning it.- Written by don @ minifie-1
Everyone in the area is frightened somewhat when Thomas Brown sees a rather large snake in the woods. He sees it as an omen and begins to question his faith. He also questions the faith of a young curate, Reverend Marley, who has come to the area as a temporary replacement. Marley's been in the area before and has even been, for reasons unknown, banned from Robert Timmins' home. When he begins to visit Emma in the evenings, tongues begin to wag. For Gabriel, meanwhile, the revelation of his wife's letter saying she loved someone else forces him to reevaluate his entire life.- Written by garykmcd
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