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  • He was astonished to hear that the monks never spoke, got up at two in the morning and slept in their coffins.
  • The table then spoke of Mount Melleray, how bracing the air was down there, how hospitable the monks were and how they never asked for a penny-piece from their guests.
  • Freddy Malins explained to him, as best he could, that the monks were trying to make up for the sins committed by all the sinners in the outside world.
  • As the subject had grown lugubrious it was buried in a silence of the table during which Mrs. Malins could be heard saying to her neighbour in an indistinct undertone: "They are very good men, the monks, very pious men."

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  • a Tibetan monk wearing an orange robe
  • a Catholic monk leading a life of austerity

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