Peter the Priest
When the young monk glanced at the hand-writing, (he must have known it before) his whole countenance expressed sudden horror; he held the letter in his hand as if afraid to read it; then he took it, and as he read, his brow wrinkled, his face expressed contempt, and through his open lips, one could see his tightly closed teeth. He read the letter through and let his hand fall listlessly.
"We have chosen you," said the Prior. "To-morrow you will become Father Peter, and need only to say, 'I will'."
The youth looked steadfastly at the ground.
"Have you become speechless?"
The youth raised his head; his face had