clergymen’s sons always turn out badly

1885 E. J. HARDY How to be Happy though Married xix. The Proverb says that ‘Clergymen’s sons always turn out badly’..because the children are surfeited with severe religion, not with the true religion of Christ.

1922 W. R. INGE Outspoken Essays 2nd ser. vii. An Eton boy..when asked why the sons of Eli turned out badly, replied ‘The sons of clergymen always turn out badly’.

1982 B. PYM Unsuitable Attachment iii. Yes, sons of the clergy often go to the bad, and daughters, too.


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