The Wanting Seed

Who is The Beloved Ambrose Bayley from The Wanting Seed and what is their importance?

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The Beloved Ambrose Bayley is a defrocked priest who appears occasionally in the book. He tells Tristram he was defrocked for a dalliance with a young girl. During the course of the novel, he is beaten up by gay policemen, is jailed with Tristram, and is released when the government changes policies to reaffirm the value of religion.