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The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter

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Author: Ambrose Bierce
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 27,846 / 81 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,643
Added to site: 2012.01.20
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hers, however, were indignant at the interruption caused by the child's voice, and scolded her. But I said: 'The girl is probably a relation of the dead man. Now think of it, brothers; this terrible bird comes to tear the flesh from his face and feed upon his hands and his body. It is only natural that she should cry out.'

One of the brothers said: 'Go to her, Ambrosius, and command her to be silent that we may pray in peace for the departed soul of this sinful man.'

I walked among the fragrant flowers to where the girl stood with her eyes still fixed upon the vulture, which swung in ever narrowing circles about the gallows. Against a mass of silvery flowers on a bush by which she stood the maid's exquisite figure showed to advantage, as I wickedly permitted myself to observe. Perfectly erect and motionless, she watched my advance, though I marked a terrified look in her large, dark eyes, as if she feared that I would do her harm. Even when I was quite near her she made no movement to come forwa

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Average Rating of 1 from 1 reviews: *
2012.05.13
Maria Wendt
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One of the most morbid stories I\'ve read in a long time. A horrible ending. 90% of the book is the hypocritical sermon fluff of the monk, who is obviously off his rocker. It was just a really creepy really lousy story. It was a Hunchback of Notre Dame wanna-be. I\'m giving it one star, but it deserves negative two stars. Don\'t waste your time reading this, please.


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