A Vicar of a small West Country parish, living in single blessedness, is busy one evening over his next sermon dealing with Vashti and the married state, a subject on which we are assured not even the cleverest bachelor can know anything. To judge by the shrewd sentiments of one of his parishioners, and the naive tactics employed by this same Alfred Hobb to steer himself into the troublous waters of matrimony, every marriage is a peculiar case, and only a sound practical-mindedness, coupled with innate human folly, can ever bring one to pass at all.
The dry logic of this amusing yokel with the hard-headed philosophy, and the affray between him and his 'intended' - a woman of great determination - provide a rich feast of native wit and clever dialect in which the Rev. Cyril Bestwick joins as an admirable third.
The curious situation is cleared up in a miraculous way by the couple themselves, without the aid of the go-between Vicar who, indeed, declares that their wise foolishness is probably a better guide than his foolish wisdom.
The Rev. Cyril Bestwick:
Alice, his Maid:
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