Latin and cookery--Shepherds--The Manchu's new creed and cooking utensils--Salad, honey, and jujubes--Wild animals-- The Trappist and the leopard--A saintly life--Gentle Christians--Hostility towards the Trappists--The Chief of the village--Suggestive pictures.
THE Manchu father kept silent for some time, and stood watching every movement I made. At last he could not resist the temptation, and, breaking the vows he had sworn to obey, began a Latin conversation with me, the subject being the quality, size, and cooking of the fried potatoes, and the bad success of the soup, with consequent apologies. I tried to console him, and said that I found everything delicious.
It was strange, indeed, to be talking of fried potatoes in the Latin language, with a Manchu cook, in a French Trappist convent in Chinese Mongolia!
I must confess, however, that the Manchu was better up in Latin than I was. He could talk it as fluently as his own language. Only now and then he would put in some Manchu word to fill up gaps. He was an interesting man, and very talkative, now that he had once begun. He had been wandering, poverty-stricken, all through Manchuria, and, coming south, fate had led him to the monastery. He