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summary of bishop\'s candlestick\'s?

Asked by Hemant Chandrak...(student) , on 6/12/12


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The story revolves around 3 main characters. A Bishop is a noble and kind hearted soul. He does not mind selling away his silver to pay for a a poor lady 's house rent. He seems to have quite a large part of his savings such charity. They are now very poor and have just a pair of silver candlesticks left.

The Bishop 's sister is a typical practical lady. She is worried about the future. There is not much money left with the Bishop. The house is running on her money. She learns that the Bishop has sold the silver salt and pepper shakers to pay the house rent of poor Mere Gringoire. This upsets her.

They have had their supper and she decides to retire for the night.

A convict walks in through the open doors. He is desperate. Hungry and having escaped from jail, the convict threatens to kill the Bishop.

The Bishop is calm and controlled. He offers to give him some food to eat. He also listens to his story. We begin to understand the great hardships borne by the convict. He had to steal some bread to feed his ailing wife. He was arrested and sent to jail. Meanwhile his wife died. The poor man was treated cruelly in jail. Finally one day he escaped from jail but was again unable to find any food. That 's when he comes to the Bishop 's house.

The Bishop gives him food to eat and a place to sleep. The convict is too tempted by the silver candle sticks and steals them.

The sister is extremely hurt and offended by the convicts behaviour. The convict is seen roaming around suspiciously and is caught by the sergeant.

The convict is brought back to the Bishop 's house. The Bishop 's sister in relieved to get back the silver candlesticks. But the Bishop tells the sergeant that they were a gift from him to the convict. He gives them to the convict and shows him a safe escape route.

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Posted by Chweety Rosy(student)on 6/12/12

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 The  play, The Bishop 's Candlesticks, by Norman Mckinnell, is built on a very simple plot involving characters like The Bishop, the convict, the Bishop 's sister, Marie and others. The plot of the play revolves around a story that brings forth the themes of Christian virtues like love and redemption.

 
The play unfolds through a series of dialogues between Persome, the Bishop 's sister and Marie, the maid servant regarding the whereabouts of the Bishop. Through a thorough questioning, the Bishop 's sister is able to sense that the Bishop may have gone to do his usual philanthropic activities nearby. She feels that the simplicity and nobility of the Bishop is being misused by people and the Bishop falls an easy prey due to his innocence.
 
After some time Persome comes to know that the salt cellars which were gifted by her mother has been given away by the Bishop to help Mere Gringore pay her rent and save her from imminent eviction.
 
Persome has an argument with the Bishop regarding his undue innocence. She makes him promise not to give away the candlesticks to any body in future. Having said that she goes to sleep.
 
In the subsequent scenes, the play takes an interesting turn. The entry of  a stranger is mentioned. The stranger is the convict who carries a long knife and seizes the Bishop from behind. The convict asks for food and threatens to kill him in case he informs others about his presence. The convict reveals his true identity to the Bishop. The Bishop comes to know about the circumstances by which the stranger became a convict, the torture meted out to him by the police and so on and so forth. During the convict 's stay in the Bishop 's house, he comes across the silver candle sticks. The Bishop tells him that how his mother gave these candle sticks to him and his sister at the time of her death. Ultimately, the convict is unable to resist his temptation and he runs away with the candle sticks.
 
Persome, the Bishop 's sister starts a heated argument with the Bishop as usual only to hear that the convict is in more need of the candlesticks than them. However, the convict is unable to go too far so that he is nabbed by the Police. The Police brings the convict to the Bishop who instead of accusing the convict of theft, forgives him by saying that the convict is his friend. The police releases him .The convict is blessed by the Bishop who advises him to go to a good place to start a new career. The convict reaches Paris where he starts a business and settles down successfully. The convict realises that by this act of benevolence of the Bishop, the convict has undergone a transformation from a wild beast to a man once again.

Posted by Akshita Suman(student)on 6/12/12

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simple :

THE PLAY IS ABOUT A CONVICT AND A BISHOP.THE LATTER IS ALWAYS READY TO LEAD TO HELPING HAND TO ANYONE IN DISTREE . A CONVICT BREAKS INTO THE BISHOP 'S HOUSE ,BUT HE IS TREATED WELL . THE BENEVOLENCE OF THE BISHOP SOME WHAT CHANGES THE CONVIT, BUT WHEN HE SIGHT THE SILVER CANDLESTICKS HE STEALS THEM AND RUN AWAY .HOWEVER HE IS CAPTURED AND BROUGHT BACK TO THE BISHOP 'S HOUSE. THE BISHOP RESCUES HIM SAYING THAT HE HAD GIFTED THE CANDLESTICKS TO THE CONVICT A TRANSFORMATION TAKES PLACE IN CONVICT BY SHOWING KINDNESS, THE BISHOP EXPELLED THE EVIL FORCE AND KINDLED IN HIM HUMAN...........

Posted by Jyothi Raj(student)on 13/12/12

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