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A Monkish Tale

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"Yeah, my car broke down along the B3242 and I had decided to walk the 20 miles to Kenmare when a frightful storm descended, so in desperation I headed towards some lights in the middle of nowhere."


"Turned out it was a monastery. They took me in, fed me and gave me dry clothes. Such fine people."

"They're supposed to be. They're monks."

"Yeah, I know, but there was something really special about the place, you know, like a presence. I asked them what it was, but they wouldn't tell me.  Said I had to be a monk.

Anyways, next day they called a tow truck and I went on my way."


"Well the strange thing is, I broke down again along that same road about 8 months later, and walked to the monastery.  They were really glad to see me, and not at all surprised - they helped me again, no problems.  Again I sensed that presence and I asked them what it was, but again they wouldn't tell me. Said I had to be a monk. So I did."

"Did what?"

"I decided to become a monk."

"You didn't!"

"Yes, I did.  Mind you, I'm still just a novice, but it wasn't simple - they gave me this big task to do: I had to count how many pebbles there were in the drive. Took my three days on my bloodied hands and knees, without any food or water, but I did it."

"Pebbles? Bejeesus, you could've just made a number up!"

"No, I counted them.  There were 2,302,982."

"And were you right?"

"Just about."

"I can't believe you did that.  So what then?"

"They took me down to the cellars, where there was a maze of underground corridors, all dark and damp.  We walked for miles, it seemed, until we came to an old wooden door, smaller than any other door I ever saw.  There they left me with a key and a candle.

I hesitated at first, but then curiosity got the better of me and I unlocked the door and went in.  The room was large, like a cavern or a large hall.  I couldn't really see because I didn't have enough light to see the ceiling or the walls, but then I saw it, in the middle, on a wooden table, the most wondrous thing..."


"Oh, you'd need to be a monk for me to tell you."