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Caste An European Phenomenon
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Transcript of some pertinent dialogue from the BBC village drama <b>"Lark Rise to Candleford"</b> of one <b>Flora Thompson's book</b> (from what I can gather, it's based on her own childhood experiences) of life in late 19th century Victorian England. Thomas Hardyish settings: farming folk in a little rural hamlet near a more growing country township.

The occasion is some celebration of the local gentry - an extension of the loyalty locals are expected to feel for "Gawd, Queen and Country". The kids of the farming community are going to put on some play but are also required to sing some Tory (conservative) song considered demeaning to Liberals.

But that's just the setting. What is *interesting* is something entirely different: <b>the facts it reveals about christianism and christian society.</b>

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><i>Little village girl:</i> Reverend Ellison says we must order ourselves to act lowly and reverently before my betters.
<i>Her father (farming origins):</i> Did he now?
<i>Little girl:</i> Because it's in the scriptures that it is a sin to try and change your lot.

<b>Two scenes later, where a very faithful, bible-mouthing, typically judging christian postman, watches, overhearing everything:</b>
<i>Reverend addresses little girl's father:</i> Timmins, what's this about you refusing to let your children sing the Primrose League song?
<i>Timmins:</i> Everyone knows my liberal views, Reverend, I can't allow it.
<i>Rev:</i> Damned Liberal cause, I'll...
(He gets heart pains, clasps chest out of breath)
<i>Rev's adult daughter:</i> Father, please, your heart.
<i>Rev:</i> Can't breathe..., tell him, tell him, wisdom, infinite wisdom, tell him.
<i>Rev's daughter:</i> Mr Timmins, God, in his infinite wisdom, has appointed a place for every man, woman and child on his earth.
<i>Rev:</i> Bounden duty, tell him.
<i>Rev's daughter:</i> And it is our bounden duty to remain contentedly in his lot.

[...] (Timmins rebels further against scriptural teachings, so that things end with his children not going to the concert.)

<b>Next scene. The faithful christian postman Thomas, having overheard everything above in shocked indignation, is back at the post office in the neighbouring village:</b>
<i>Thomas:</i> I heard it with my own ears. The Timmins children, barred from the concert.
<i>Oldest Timmins daughter working at post office:</i> Barred? What has my father done now?
<i>Post office head is the enterprising woman of the tale, Miss Lane:</i> I would have liked to have seen the Reverend Ellison's face. He's bright crimson at the best of times.
<i>Thomas:</i> I'm afraid I cannot share your amusement, Miss Lane. Not when I've had to stand before such flagrant blaspheme.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Murderers did ever accuse others of the murder they themselves had committed, in order to throw people off their scent and conceal their own crime.
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