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vkhu
Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 11:03:16 AM
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‘Shows me for what I was, a young curate, and her for what she was, a bully,’ he said. ‘The prig and the bully!’

The excerpt comes form here: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/lawrence/dh/l41l/chapter14.html

Context: Mellors (the man) is looking at his old wedding photo.

In the story, it's been established that Mellors used to be a blacksmith, then a soldier, and was currently a game-keeper. At no point was he involved with any clerical work. So why did he call himself a young curate here?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 12:41:28 PM

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From earlier in the same piece of text.

"And I was a clerk in Butterley offices, thin, white-faced fellow fuming with all the things I read."

It would appear that at one time he was a clerk.

I lack the imagination for a witty signature.
vkhu
Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 6:38:51 AM
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But that's a manufacturing company, not a religious institute, isn't it? Isn't curate a kind of pastoral job?
Romany
Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:33:12 AM
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The word "curate" has meaning apart from the religious.

Indeed I'm a "curate" where I work - but it has nothing at all to do with organised religion: - I help "select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge. " (Oxford Dictionary).

Thus it's not a leap to assume that at the time this was written he would indeed think of himself as a "curate" if he was engaged in those activities when he worked in Butterly offices?
vkhu
Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:37:35 AM
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That certainly makes sense. Thank you.
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