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A Monk of Cruta

E. Phillips Oppenheim

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. . .ad, and the gate at the other end is locked."

The priest looked at him steadily for a moment, and then drew on one side, as though to let them pass.

"I am sorry that I startled your horses," he said, in a soft, pleasant voice, marked with a strong foreign accent; "I was standing with my back to you, waiting for the moon to rise behind the ruins there, and the soft ground made your approach noiseless. And, if I am trespassing, I am sorry. The steward at the Abbey yonder gave me permission to wander anywhere around the ruins. I have perhaps exceeded a little his bounds."

"It is of no consequence," Paul said. "You find the ruins interesting, then?"


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"There are some pictures in the Abbey you might care to see—mostly modern, but there is a Rubens and two Giorgiones."

The priest removed his hat. "I thank you, but I am only interested in ecclesiastical art. These ruins are more to me than any pict. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Gothic Romance

This is a early novel (1894) by the hugely prolific, and wildly popular (1920-40s) author E. Phillips Oppenheim. It is somewhat different than his later works, with darker themes, and a more tragic plot. The convoluted story involved a wealthy Englishman who falls in love with the daug

This story is different from the other Oppenheim books that I have read. I enjoyed it.

Well, what an entertaining load of tosh this was, to be sure. A late Victorian gothic/sensation novel, with sinister monks, a seductive 'private dancer', storms, fire and brimstone...it seems almost cruel to point out the massive holes in the plot, the introduction of characters who you think are go