Books: Maggot

The Story* gets its title from a dictionary definition: "Maggot 2. A nonsensical fancy; a crochet."

Lazy, fantastic Clergyman Fortune leaves St. Fabien parish, whither he has come from a London countinghouse, and journeys to Fanua, an island whose Christian population is even smaller than that of his first missionary situation. At Fanua he succeeds in converting one of the natives, by name, Lueli.

Christened Theodore, this indigent individual becomes Mr. Fortune's shadow, docile and domestic Friday to the clergyman's unstrenuous Crusoe. He idolizes Mr. Fortune in place of the grotesque wooden figure...

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