The Ministrations of the Rev. Mr. Drone introduces the Church of England’s Dean in Mariposa, Reverend Drone. Dean Drone’s primary interests appear to be outside of religion. He enjoys making children’s toys and reading Greek history. The Dean’s only apparent ambition related to the Church of England is the construction of a new church for Mariposa. However, because “mathematics were not the rector’s forte” (72) the costs of building and maintaining the new church are not fully understood. This leaves the local congregation overwhelmed with debt.