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    deceit thrives under the incentive of clerical patronage

    Hi, teachers.
    While reading J.M. Falkner's "The Nebuly Coat" which describes a small town in Dorset in the late 19th century, I came across the following passage.

    Hypocrites, in the pure and undiluted sense, rarely exist outside the
    pages of fiction. Except in the lower classes, where deceit thrives
    under the incentive of clerical patronage, men seldom assume
    deliberately the garb of religion to obtain temporal advantages or to
    further their own ends.

    I am puzzled over "deceit thrives under the incentive of clerical patronage", which to me reads like "deceiving is rampant in the lower classes because parsons or priests encourage them to do so". Is my interpretation wrong?

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    Re: deceit thrives under the incentive of clerical patronage

    I think this is exactly what is said!

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    Re: deceit thrives under the incentive of clerical patronage

    Thank you very much, heidita, for answering my question.
    I just couldn't believe that church people really did such a thing. But now come to think of it, Anthony Trollope wrote about the corruption of the church at that time...

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    Re: deceit thrives under the incentive of clerical patronage

    Quote Originally Posted by imchongjun View Post
    Thank you very much, heidita, for answering my question.
    I just couldn't believe that church people really did such a thing. But now come to think of it, Anthony Trollope wrote about the corruption of the church at that time...
    You are welcome, imcho.

    I think church has had its hand in many things, even though we shouldn't forget the good things either.

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