Fatal objections to the candidacy of new parsons for the living becoming vacant on the estate:
“One was too old, another not old enough; another had twelve children, and the parsonage only allows for eight; one had a shrewish wife, and another was of Liberal tendencies in politics — a fatal objection; one was in money difficulties because he would spend more than he had, which was not surprising when one heard what he did have; and another was disliked in his parish because he and his wife were too close-fisted and would not spend at all …”
And they say the princess in King Thrushbeard was picky.
Also — imagine living in a time when having twelve kids is a problem because your house only has room for eight …
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