The Bishop was indeed right on his part to gift the same candlesticks to the convict that he had stolen. He saved the convict from the police and gave his prized silver candlesticks so that the convict could begin life afresh. Further, he sold the salt-cellars for paying Mere Gringoire’s rent and gave his comforter to Marie. Thus, he was a benefactor to all three of them, enabling them to carry on their lives or start living a new life.
In the beginning, the convict was an innocent man. However, circumstances turned him into a criminal lacking any human compassion or feelings. It was the Bishop s act of kindness and generosity that transformed him from an animal into a human being. The Bishop’s compassion revived his faith in the church, religion and life itself. The urge to once again become a man and start a new life stirred his heart. These little gestures of the Bishop helped them greatly.