They had gone rather more than a league and had begun to descry the first houses of the village, the red-tiled roofs of which stood out from the green trees which surrounded them, when, coming toward them mounted on a mule, they perceived a poor monk, whose large hat and gray worsted dress made them take him for an Augustine brother.
It was with difficulty that De Guiche restrained the intense desire he had of breaking the monk's bones.
At this moment Monk
is affecting devotion to the Rump Parliament; of this devotion, observe, I am not the dupe.
'"Still wasting the precious hours," said the monk at length, turning to the eldest sister as he spoke, "still wasting the precious hours on this vain trifling.
The sisters bent gracefully over their work; the monk, resting his chin upon his hands, looked from one to the other in silence.
We can imagine the pious, humble monk listening while another read and translated to him out of some Latin missal.
There the monks and priests lived, and from them as centers they traveled out in all directions teaching the heathen.
I asked the monk if all the brethren up stairs expected to be put in this place when they died.
See what one can accustom himself to.--The reflection that he must some day be taken apart like an engine or a clock, or like a house whose owner is gone, and worked up into arches and pyramids and hideous frescoes, did not distress this monk in the least.
'What the devil made you stand lingering there, in the wet?' said Monks, turning round, and addressing Bumble, after he had bolted the door behind them.
'Cooling yourselves!' retorted Monks. 'Not all the rain that ever fell, or ever will fall, will put as much of hell's fire out, as a man can carry about with him.
Next day, to make some return for his entertainment, he took upon him to divert me with some of those stories which the monks
amuse simple people with, and told me of a devil that haunted a fountain, and used to make it his employment to plague the monks
that came thither to fetch water, and continued his malice till he was converted by the founder of their order, who found him no very stubborn proselyte till they came to the point of circumcision; the devil was unhappily prepossessed with a strong aversion from being circumcised, which, however, by much persuasion, he at last agreed to, and afterwards taking a religious habit, died ten years after with great signs of sanctity.