A Man Like Any Other: The Priest's Tale
Father Ewan McEwan is the chaplain of Waldringhythe, a Cistercian Abbey on the Suffolk coast. Despite his binding vows as a Roman Catholic priest he has, for most of his adult life, secretly enjoyed a passionate and devoted affair with Marina Proudfoot. When Marina dies, his profound grief forces Father McEwan to follow his own unique instruction; 'To know yourself is to understand yourself, and memory is the only key'. Thus, he tells his life story, from the mystery of his early childhood, his moral dilemmas as a young adult, his world fame as the subject of a controversial, iconic photograph, and his present as a sinning priest. Marina's own posthumous story is told, with great warmth, and humour, through her scandalous revelations, "The Tales From The Purple Handbag". It soon becomes apparent that Marina is certainly not the refined 'Lady of the Manor' she purports to be. Marina's son, Timothy, mourning her deeply, is faced with the emerging ghosts and demons of his own troubled past and gradually he sinks into a fragile, emotional state that needs careful handling. His lover, Roger Fuller, has always detested Marina, and is delighted to be rid of her. He immediately leaves his marital home to move in with Timothy, but with little sensitivity, or ability, to understand Timothy's emerging collapse, reveals himself as selfish, shallow and ambivalent. Sally, Roger's wife is confused and angry. When he leaves, she escapes to the sanctuary of Waldringhythe Abbey, where she encounters the powerful allure of Father Ewan.
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