Do you think a few of his congregation would worship elsewhere? I don't know why it has taken me so long to realise that the Reverend is a carnapious old sod. I'm struggling to think of an episode where he isn't miserable or argumentative. The poor verger is generally on the receiving end when the Reverend blows his top. Knights of Madness is a prime example of the vicar losing his temper, having a go at the verger, Corporal Jones and Hodges - though of course Hodges riles everyone.
Is the pressure of sharing the church hall with the platoon and wardens too much for the vicar, having no peace to write his sermons? It all seems too much for him to handle. The quotation 'Happy are the people whose God is the Lord' might need to be questioned where the Reverend Timothy Farthing is concerned!
Now you've done it! I have to go re-watch the entire series to see to whom and under what circumstances the reverend is impolite.
Sorry to weigh in on this so late, but I just registered today and am taking a look around.
Clergy are human, but are expected to be saintly at all times by the general public - especially in a small town. It can be a source of continual stress living under a microscope like that. I suspect the Reverend Farthing only lashed out at a select group of people -- basically, a few people he knew he could lash out against and not have to worry about repercussions (probably because they knew they deserved it.) He needed them as a sort of a relief valve so he wouldn't lash out at anyone else.
While his home might be a nicer place, from my own experience there are too many distractions in my "home office" (YouTube videos I haven't watched yet, games, piles of unanswered correspondence, a very long to-do list of chores) so that when I seriously need to study I have to go elsewhere to avoid the distractions. Plus, I suspect all or most of his reference materials for doing his clergy thing would be at his church office.
Inara: It sounds like something this crew can handle. I can't guarantee they'll handle it particularly well, but... Nandi: If they've got guns and brains at all... Inara: They've got guns.
Zoe: Preacher, don’t the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killin’? Book: Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.
Post by Andy Howells on Jun 26, 2021 3:53:10 GMT 12
Hmmm - Yes I think The Vicar is probably a bit short tempered, but I would say he is frequently tested with Mainwaring and Hodges taking over his office and The Verger constantly stirring things up. In wartime, I'd say he had his work cut out, especially with people using the excuse of there been a war on to do absolutely anything within the parish!