Republished in modern times as «The Curate's Awakening». A young man (Thomas Wingfold) «enters the church» through no real faith and only for want of something to do. After an encounter with a brash young atheist, he is thrown into an emotional, spiritual, and vocational crisis. Through his own doubts and through developing clarity gained from the counsel of a singular friend, he begins a slow journey toward faith, or — as he would put it — «a lovely hope.» (Summary by John Schuurman & TriciaG)
Note that there are two versions of chapter 67. Enjoy one or both of the renderings.