CliffsNotes on Butler's The Way of All Flesh

CliffsNotes on Butler's The Way of All Flesh

CliffsNotes on Butler's The Way of All Flesh

CliffsNotes on Butler's The Way of All Flesh

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Old John Pontifex, the great-grandfather of the central character, Ernest, is a gentle, artistically gifted, and unpretentious carpenter in the village of Paleham. Unfortunately, his one and only child, George, reflects the characteristics of his obstinate and humorless mother. Following an apprenticeship, George assumes control of his uncle’s London publishing house, which caters to the pious tastes of the middle-class reading public. Although outwardly a respectable businessman, George is a domestic tyrant, particularly to his youngest son, Theobald. Weak-willed and unable to execute his vague aspirations to become a seafaring man, Theobald easily capitulates to his father’s insistence that he enter the Anglican ministry.

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