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What is the plot of "The Verger" by Somerset Maugham?

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hudaamer | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:40 PM via web

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What is the plot of "The Verger" by Somerset Maugham?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Unfortunately I had to edit your question to meet the eNotes guidelines of one question per post. Maugham's "The Verger" is a simple tale about a simple man who does his duties with great joy and dedication.  Foreman has been the verger of his church for sixteen years, doing all the menial and manual duties of the vicarage. He loved his job and there were no complaints about him until a new pastor arrived and made a startling discovery--Foreman cannot read. While that fact has never interfered with his duties, the new preacher is appalled and immediately fires the verger.

Foreman goes on to start a very practical business, opening a tobacco store where he sees a need, and is amazingly successful. Years later, when Foreman was asked to sign some papers at the bank but could not read them, the banker was astonished at what this man had accomplished without the ability to read. When he asked Foreman what he would have done if he could read, Foreman gave a quick and simple answer: he would have been a verger.

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