Silver Candlesticks Stolen: The kind Bishop was touched and gave him a bed to sleep on. The Bishop went to sleep. Left alone on his bed, the convict could not resist the temptation to steal the silver candlesticks of the Bishop. He took them and went out of the house. As he went out, the door slammed. Persome got up at the sound and found out that the convict had stolen the silver candlesticks and had gone away. The Bishop was sorry to lose the candlesticks as they were given to him by his mother. But like a true Christian, he felt that he was responsible for the convict’s behaviour. By keeping them before him, he had led him into temptation. The Bishop thought that he used to value the candlesticks very highly. It is a sin to get addicted to wealth. Lastly, the candlesticks might be of some use to the convict and what had happened had happened for the good.
Overwhelmed by the Love of the Bishop: But the convict was arrested by the gendarmes along with the candlesticks. They recognized the candlesticks of the Bishop and brought him back to him. But the Bishop told that the accused was his friend and that he himself had given the candlesticks to him. The police sergeant released the convict and went away. The convict was overwhelmed by the love of the Bishop and now he is convinced that the Bishop was kind and loving. He regained his faith that there can be goodness in men. He was sorry that he had stolen the candlesticks. He felt that he was once again a human being and not a beast. The kind Bishop told him of the secret road to Paris and gave him the candlesticks. He asked him to remember that the body of man is the temple of God. The convict was already a changed man and he promised to remember the Bishops’ last words and he went away.
Conclusion: The Bishop is a very noble person, who is always ready to help anyone in distress. The doors of his house are always open. But his sister Persome is materialistic. She feels that the simplicity and nobility of the bishop is misused by the people. He is often cheated and taken undue advantage of. Mere Gringoire, the old women who lives on the top of the hill and does no work made such a fool of the bishop by making him sell his silver salt cellars to pay her rent. It is the circumstances that force convict to be so. Punishment or conviction is not the way to reform an offender or a convict. It is charity, faith, hope, sympathy and forgiveness that are needed to regain the ‘lost soul’in a man. In the play the convict says to the Bishop, ‘I was a man.Now I’m not a man,’ but upto the end, he says you have made me feel that it is just as if something had come into me-as if I were a man again and not a wild beast.’ The final message is in the words, ‘This poor body is the temple of the Living God.The bishop succeeds in reforming the hardened convict and tells him that the human heart is the abode of God.