There isn't one of these men who are sitting in judgment upon us to-day, Ambrose, who would listen to me for a single moment if I were to take the bull by the horns and say that the traitor we seek is one of ourselves."
"You're right," Ambrose murmured, "but do you believe it?"
We've suffered enough, Ambrose, in this country from civil spies--the Government are to blame for that.
Ambrose had to speak sharply; by this time he was far away.
Ambrose understood that after all it is the ordinary thing to be poor, and that London is the city of innumerable poor people.
Ambrose was romantic and beautiful; not perhaps sympathetic, for her eyes looked straight and considered what they saw.
"First, that on the above-mentioned Feast of the Assumption, small beer having been served to the novices in the proportion of one quart to each four, the said brother John did drain the pot at one draught to the detriment of brother Paul, brother Porphyry and brother Ambrose, who could scarce eat their none-meat of salted stock-fish on account of their exceeding dryness,"
Monica, mother of the holy Augustine, he was heard by brother Ambrose and others to say that he wished twenty thousand devils would fly away with the said Monica, mother of the holy Augustine, or any other saint who came between a man and his meat.
It is true also that I did lay my hands upon this jack-fool of a brother Ambrose, though, as you can see, I did him little scathe.
``Surely,'' said Ambrose, ``he is in the hands of the men of Belial, infesters of these woods, and contemners of the holy text, `Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets naught of evil.' ''
``So please you,'' said Ambrose, ``violent hands having been imposed on my reverend superior, contrary to the holy ordinance which I did already quote, and the men of Belial having rifled his mails and budgets, and stripped him of two hundred marks of pure refined gold, they do yet demand of him a large sum beside, ere they will suffer him to depart from their uncircumcised hands.
``But, noble knights,'' exclaimed Father Ambrose, amidst the bustle and confusion occasioned by the preparations for defence, ``will none of ye hear the message of the reverend father in God Aymer, Prior of Jorvaulx?