The Bishop was heartbroken when he realised that the convict had stolen the candlesticks. Despite the candlesticks being his mother’s last memory, he refused to inform the police as he thought that the candlesticks now belonged to the convict and would help him to start afresh in life.
He didn’t want to push the convict back to a miserable life in the prison. This speaks highly of his good and sympathetic character, besides his sacrificing nature in letting go of the last memory of his mother. It also shows that he had forgiven the convict for this new crime of his.