"Be good enough to hurry yourself a little, monsieur monk."
As for Raoul, he avoided the monk by the whole width of the road and passed him, turning his head away in repulsion.
He raised himself to glance in the direction which they pointed out, saw the monk, and fell back upon the litter, his face illumined by joy.
At this moment the wounded man arrived from one direction and the monk from the other, the latter dismounting from his mule and desiring that it should be taken to the stables without being unharnessed.
'She glanced at the monk as she spoke, and, opening a cabinet, brought forth the five frames of work, completed long before.
'"There is little need," said the monk, with a meaning look, "to fritter away the time in gewgaws which shall raise up the pale ghosts of hopes of early years.
The old abbey flourished then; and the five sisters, living on its fair domains, paid yearly dues to the black monks of St Benedict, to which fraternity it belonged.
'It was a bright and sunny morning in the pleasant time of summer, when one of those black monks emerged from the abbey portal, and bent his steps towards the house of the fair sisters.
'I know they will always keep ONE till it's found out,' said Monks.
Bumble, who had not yet been admitted by his better half into any greater share of the secret than he had originally possessed, listened to this dialogue with outstretched neck and distended eyes: which he directed towards his wife and Monks, by turns, in undisguised astonishment; increased, if possible, when the latter sternly demanded, what sum was required for the disclosure.
'Something that was taken from her,' said Monks. 'Something that she wore.
'Humph!' said Monks significantly, and with a look of eager inquiry; 'there may be money's worth to get, eh?'