The Vicar of Wakefield
“…the Dutch schoolmaster in The Vicar of Wakefield…” (pg. 46)
The Vicar of Wakefield was written by Oliver Goldsmith and tells the story of Dr. Primrose, a slightly wealthy and very generous young vicar with six children. Though the story begins with the vicar living peacefully with his family, Dr. Primrose’s life soon spirals out of control as he endures bankruptcy and several other domestic catastrophes including the disappearance of his daughter, a fire in his home and being sent to jail for being unable to pay his rent. In true Shakespearean-form, all ends well when the vicar’s friend resolves all the problems for him.