• A young priest is assigned to Ambricourt, a country parish where the people are bored and lonely.
• The priest notes his reasons for keeping a journal as a form of prayer.
• The priest has money problems and is embarrassed by a local grocer and by the fact that he does not have a live-in housekeeper.
• An older priest, the Cure de Torcy, advises the young priest to work hard but realize his limitations.
• The priest is surprised by the Cure de Torcy's luxurious accommodations
• The priest hires a cleaning lady whose pay is supplemented by the wealthiest parishioner.
• The priest meets with Mlle Louise, the governess to Mlle Chantal at the Chateau.
• The priest develops a catechism class for the students.
• The priest determines that the children have lost their innocence and are hardened by the world.
• One girl, Seraphita Dumouchel, has much potential but she...
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