The precisely drawn character of the Verger is a joy– a fastidious former butler who keeps his worn-out verger’s gowns in brown paper in the bottom of his wardrobe and thinks he has a job for life. The new vicar discovers he is illiterate, and the verger chooses to leave rather than change his ways. The ramifications of his decision build to the final smile of the last line.
The Verger by Somerset Maugham
February 5, 2012