July 2, 2017
As I wrote in the newsletter, I'm in the play Oliver. My role is as Oliver's grandfather but we meet one another for the first time when Oliver tries to pick my pocket. I have no idea at the time he is my grandson and it takes most of the play to figure it out. There is very little back story in the script, but apparently my daughter Agnes became pregnant out of wedlock. I, as Mr. Brownlow in the play, must not have handled the situation well, because Agnes ran away to have the baby. She died in childbirth and that is how Oliver came to be in the orphanage. The script doesn't say this, but I will play it as if I have great regret over sending my daughter away. And, spoiler alert....Oliver and I are reunited as family at the end of the play And, Oliver is played by grandson William!
So I relate this separation of Mr. Brownlow's and his daughter leaving Abraham being separated from his son Ishmael away in today's Old Testament lesson.