The Vicar of Wakefield

Author: Oliver Goldsmith


There are an hundred faults in this Thing, and an hundred things might be said to prove them beauties. But it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity. The hero of this piece unites in himself the three greatest characters upon earth; he is a priest, an husbandman, and the father of a family. He is drawn as ready to teach, and ready to obey, as simple in affluence, and majestic in adversity. In this age of opulence and refinement whom can such a character please? Such as are fond of high life, will turn with disdain from the simplicity of his country fire-side. Such as mistake ribaldry for humour, will find no wit in his harmless conversation; and such as have been taught to deride religion, will laugh at one whose chief stores of comfort are drawn from futurity.



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Chicago: Oliver Goldsmith, "Advertisement," The Vicar of Wakefield, trans. Evans, Sebastian in The Vicar of Wakefield Original Sources, accessed July 23, 2024,

MLA: Goldsmith, Oliver. "Advertisement." The Vicar of Wakefield, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in The Vicar of Wakefield, Original Sources. 23 Jul. 2024.

Harvard: Goldsmith, O, 'Advertisement' in The Vicar of Wakefield, trans. . cited in , The Vicar of Wakefield. Original Sources, retrieved 23 July 2024, from