Andrew LoNigro wrote in his blog,
PRIEST. I know myself to bo free. My religion, Professor, bids me love even those who hate me.
BERNH. And mine, your Reverance, or what is planted in my breast in place of religion, bids me bring comprehension even where I am misunderstood.
Something that I don't understand however is the ending of the scene between the priest and the Bernhardi. After all of this tension throughout the dialog, the Priest suddenly reaches out his hand and seems to make peace before he leaves. It even leaves Bernhardi in a little shock. Does anyone know why he did this?
I think the answer is within the aforementioned dialogue. As a man of the cloth, it is the Priest's job to love everyone - despite the circumstance, or the trials/tribulations they go through. I think though this line may have seemed tense, at the time, the priest comes to a revelation that he does love. It is this type of turn in conversation that is indicative of understanding and reassurance, a certain sort of double play or revelation in the purpose of character.
This was the most compelling scene in the entire play because of the dramatic tension and the final, peaceful resolution. It is with this that the playwright makes his most profound point: we must love, no matter what.
Thank you for opening your blog up to such discourse.