The New International Encyclopædia/Adams, Parson Abraham
ADAMS, Parson Abraham. A leading character in Fielding's novel, Joseph Andrews. He is a country curate, a very learned scholar, skilled in dead and living languages but excessively simple-minded and unfamiliar with the ways of the world. In spite of his poverty, his generosity and native dignity command respect; his oddities, however, and his absence of mind bring him into many quaint adventures.