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My confessor has besieged me

Early nineteenth-century English anti-Catholic prejudice stressed the hierarchical conformity of the Roman Church as against the individual self-witnessing or examination of conscience that the growing evangelical movement especially emphasized. Yet if this confessor is manipulative and reminds one of that staple of Gothic fiction, the obdurate inquisitor, he seems to stand in contrast to the earlier confessor, who acted as a kindly mender of family fences to convince her mother after the deaths of her other children to take Justine back into her home (1.5.4). Of course, he could be the same priest, only apparently kind in his offices, but essentially superstitious in interpreting God's will and actively supporting firm social structures to curb errant individual desire.