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You have already seen each individual inhabiting these walls, and cannot recognize in any, the one you seek,-but here comes Polycarpe.”
“Son Polycarpe! know you the name of the mendicant from St. Pierre, who came hither some two months gone by, and left usmas I think was told me—about three weeks past, while I lay sick abed,-him who was so much with the late chaplain ?”
"He was hight John, so please you, holy Father.”
“Yes, so was he called midst us, but I want his other name—that of his family.”
" I should know that also," Polycarpe replied, “I have heard it-Zin Zin ZanZannecq-ay it was that— Zannecq-Zannecq."
“ Zannecq!” exclaimed the Count, starting with surprise, “ what Zannecq is that?”
“He was own brother,” replied Polycarpe, “ to him who headed the Casselites when they rose against Count Louis.”
“Of him I slew at Cassel !—where wonneth he-of what convent is he?"
“Of that which is called St. Pierre, at the foot of Mount Cassel, and lies buried in the forest that is thereabouts, my Lord,” Polycarpe replied. “I am told he taketh heavily to heart and beareth grievously his brother's death.”
“At the foot of Mount Cassel !—why then belike 'twas he we saw beside the fount that day I did to death his rebel brother!”
“ Nothing more certain, Şire, than this, for I have heard him say as much," replied Polycarpe. :
“ Now then I have him on the hip. He is the man, my good Lord Abbot, who led me to yon chamber. I told you that I knew the voice, but could not tell where I before had heard it.”
"TRUE, my Lord Abbot, but now I come to con o'er mine own thoughts more curiously, and ask myself what likelihood there is that one whom I have injured should have sought to serve me, I no longer think 'twas he,-I might have been-I must have been mistaken as to the likeness of their voices.”
“In worldly reasoning you do reason well, my son," the Abbot replied, “ but though we, inhabitants of convents, have, no doubt, by nature, passions like other men, yet be it admitted too that those passions are not brought forward and into play like those of other men; we are constrained to curb them, and this constraint, at last, if it suffice not utterly to kill, at least doth serve to weaken them. Besides, we be in daily habitude of preaching forgiveness of offences, -I know not what effect such customs may have made on this man's mind. Come I will indite the letter, of which I before spoke, to the Prior of his convent. Please you sit there the while I do so.”
The Abbot then took up his pen and wrote as follows:
“ Holy Prior,
“ It is now some ten or fifteen days agone, that one of your flock departed from St. Bertin's, after having ta'en up his residence amidst us for near on two months.
“ As during his sojourn here a certain matter chanced, the which I am prone to think can be explained by himself solely; and as it is of much import to a personage of the King's council and of otherwise high authority in the realm, I do beseech of you in the name of that love which should always exist between brethren linked together in the blessed faith of Christ, as also by that which ever hath united our communities, that you immediately despatch him hither, to the effect that I may query him respecting that which he may know of the matter now in quest.
“ The one which I demand is hight John, but bore, before entering your assembly, the name of Zannecq. I pray you speed unto the uttermost the object of my desire. So fare you well, holy Father.
“Leon, Abbot of St. Bertin.” On the next day the messenger returning presented his Lord with the answer, which will be found in the following Chapter.