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Hepsey Burke

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Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 62,487 / 182 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 462
Added to site: 2009.04.07 23882

Experiences of a young Episcopal clergyman in adjusting himself to the conditions of his new parish, marrying the girl of his choice and overcoming the enmity of the senior warden. Hepsey Burke is the wholesome soul who mothers the young couple and brings all her homely wisdom to bear on parish difficulties.

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ay. They aint got nothin' to think about, so they make up by talkin' about it, especially when it happens to be a new parson. We've been havin' odds and ends of parsons from the remnant counter now for six months or more; and that's enough to kill any parish. I believe that if the angel Gabriel should preach for us, half the congregation would object to the cut of his wings, and the other half to the fit of his halo. We call for all the virtues of heaven, and expect to get 'em for seven-forty-nine."

"Well--I shall have to look to you and the Wardens to help me out," he said. "You must help me run things, until I know the ropes."

"Oh! Bascom will run things for you, if you let him do the runnin'," she replied, cracking her whip. "You'll need to get popular first with him and his--then you'll have it easy."

Maxwell pondered these local words of wisdom, and recalled the Bishop's warning that Bascom, the Senior Warden, had not made life easy for his predecessors, and his superior's exhortatio



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