ENGSTRAND. Yes, every now and then just a little edification, in a manner of speaking. But I'm a poor, common man, and have little enough gift, God help me! – and so I thought, as the Reverend Mr. Manders happened to be here, I'd – (2.125)
Time and time again, Engstrand masterfully casts himself as an uneducated and unworthy man in order to flatter the Pastor. Engstrand is so intent on convincing the Pastor to lead a prayer service, making us wonder just how much of the orphanage fire is preconceived.