The other was taught by the injustices of life to hate and mistrust life and others but then, due to a direct uninvited experience of grace from an official of religion, he had a transformation. He then was able naturally, not by self determination, to act with grace and love toward others along his convoluted path. So he experienced both receiving and giving love and grace throughout his life. But his learning was still not complete for he felt that law breaking and failed character in his early years were a part of his life story that he should shield his adopted and dearly loved daughter from. He made arrangements for her to never know of his actual shadow. This showed, I think, that he did not yet realize that his moral failures were just as much necessary and as important part of the story of his spiritual life development as those actions of love and grace that he selflessly performed.
My heart sunk when it seemed that the daughter was not going to be given the full 'truth' of her step father's spiritual journey. In the end she did find him and was able to learn the full truth from him. This gave her a chance to learn of how grace and love had transformed her Dad's life and it gave her father his last lesson... which is that anyone who loved him was delighted to forgive him and to thereby even more appreciate the good qualities of his life. And certainly the greatest lesson of all is that he was invited to forgive and fully receive himself , as he had done for others, including the lost and shadow side of his early life. These are to me the central elements needing stressed in the Christ story in our day. Personally I do not think such movies catch the eye of the nation simply by chance. We can learn much from them. Good to remember this novel was written in 1830, quite ahead of its time as a real life parallel to a spiritual interpretation of the gospels' story of Jesus.