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The Camp of Refuge

A Tale of the Conquest of the Isle of Ely

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Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 147,631 / 417 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.3
Downloads: 272
Added to site: 2014.09.01
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e community, except those who were preparing the evening repast or spreading the tables in the refectory, and the superior who was prevented by his gout and his dignity from descending to the door-way to meet a novice (be his errand what it might), was standing on tip-toe, and open-mouthed for news; but Elfric was a practised messenger, and knowing that the bringer of bad news is apt to meet with a cold welcome, and that the important tidings he brought ought to be communicated first to the head of the house, he hurried through the throng, and crossing a cloistered court, and ascending a flight of stairs, he went straight to the cell of Father Adhelm,[14] the sub-prior of Crowland Abbey, who ruled the succursal cell of Spalding. The monks followed him into the room; but the novices and lay-brothers stopped short at the threshold, taking care to keep the door ajar so that they might hear whatsoever was said within. "I give thee my benison, oh, my child! and may the saints bless thee, for thou art back sooner t

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