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Almsgiving at the presbytery
Never did those who came to ask for wool at the vicarage go away shorn, for his hand was always in his pocket.

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A priest is standing at the door of his presbytery where he gives alms to a growing crowd of tattered beggars and cripples coming from the woods.

This picture is an illustration for the story, “The Vicar of Azay-le-Rideau,” from Droll Stories.

The caption reads in the original French: Jamais ceulx qui vindrent querir de la laine en son presbytère ne s’en allèrent tondus, veu qu’il avoyt tousiours la main à la poche.
The translation provided here is from the edition published in London by the Bibliophilist Society, 1874.

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