There is a part in this excerpt that I don't understand though I know every single word.
To have shaken what remained of his Church of England faith would have gratified her much; but the idea of his abandoning his preferment in the church had never once presented itself to her mind. How could he indeed, when he had no income from any other source?
Can someone please paraphrase it for me in modern plain language? Also, in this line,
She had aided her father in his indifference to his professional duties, counseling him that his livings were as much his individual property as the estates of his elder brother were the property of that worthy peer.
what does "worthy peer" mean?
This is the link from Barron's NEW SAT, 28th edition, thanks.