Though these had spoken in jest, a rural dean who was present observed blandly that there was no lack of materials.
Would his churchwardens, his rural dean, his archdeacon, or his bishop?
I suppose, take it all in all, there wasn't a busier man than the rural dean among the Anglican clergy of the diocese.
"I can issue a commission, you know, to the rural dean," said the bishop mildly.
Of course it has been suggested that a rural dean should succeed to the vacant Chaplincy.
"It is customary to leave that to the rural dean," said Mr. Chadwick.
It was this same church which, in preparation for the rural dean's visit, had been recently and completely whitewashed throughout.
The rural dean having concluded, some observations upon his tale were made in due course.
Then his voice changed as if every pine-tree was a rural dean.
The intervention of the rural dean in an ordinary way he had used,—had been made to use,—more than once, by his wife.