John of Hordle," he thundered, "you have shown yourself during the two months of your novitiate to be a recreant monk, and one who is unworthy to wear the white garb which is the outer symbol of the spotless spirit.
Springing forward, he hurled his unwieldy weapon at brother Ambrose, and, as desk and monk clattered on to the floor together, he sprang through the open door and down the winding stair.
The sentence appeared a terrible one to the older monks, who had become so used to the safe and regular life of the Abbey that they would have been as helpless as children in the outer world.
With his thick knotted arms, his thundering voice, and his bristle of red hair, there was something so repellent in the man that the three brothers flew back at the very glare of him; and the two rows of white monks strained away from him like poplars in a tempest.
There the monks and priests lived, and from them as centers they traveled out in all directions teaching the heathen.
There were indeed few books of any kind, and these few belonged to the monks and priests.
Here in the great hall, when work was done and the evening meal over, were gathered all the monks and their guests.
The sisters bent gracefully over their work; the monk, resting his chin upon his hands, looked from one to the other in silence.
said the monk, raising his right hand in the air, and directing an angry glance by turns at Alice and the eldest sister.
There was a sullen darkness in the sky, and the sun had gone angrily down, tinting the dull clouds with the last traces of his wrath, when the same black monk walked slowly on, with folded arms, within a stone's-throw of the abbey.
With the indifference or abstraction of one well accustomed to the change, the monk glided into the house, and entered a low, dark room.
She glanced at the monk as she spoke, and, opening a cabinet, brought forth the five frames of work, completed long before.