The Hiding Place

by

Corrie Ten Boom

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Clergyman Character Analysis

A priest who is a friend of Corrie's family. Corrie tries to get the priest to protect a Jewish mother and her baby by taking them into his home, which is in an isolated spot that will ensure the baby's crying isn't heard. However, the clergyman criticizes Corrie for endangering her own family by harboring the mother and baby, and refuses to take the baby. The clergyman's refusal both highlights Corrie and her family's own courage and morality, and also implies the way that the Church failed in this test.
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Clergyman Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the character Clergyman appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...especially dangerous fugitive, as it’s impossible to control the baby’s crying. The next morning, a clergyman and friend of the family visits the shop by chance and Corrie thinks she’s found... (full context)
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...Corrie runs upstairs and fetches the tiny baby, returning him and placing him in the clergyman’s arms. For a minute, the man stares down at the baby’s tiny face, but he... (full context)
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...appears in the doorway and takes the baby in his own arms. He tells the clergyman that dying for this child would be “the greatest honor that could come to my... (full context)
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Without the clergyman’s help, Corrie has to accept a flawed solution, hiding the woman in a safe house... (full context)