The fathers at dinner--The dormitory--Trappists' dress--My bedroom--The Great Wall of China--Towers--On Trinity day --Man and speech--A sad story.
ON returning to the monastery, I found the fathers at dinner. One of them was reading aloud while the others were eating, and Father Maurus told me afterwards that that was done at all meals; the father reader has his dinner later, when the others are at church praying.
Father Maurus took me to see the dormitory, a long rectangular room with small cells on each side, each cell being about seven feet long and four wide. A bunk with a rough mattress was all the furniture in each cell, and few of them had blankets, as the monks usually slept in their clothes.
Near the entrance door a pretty marble shell with holy water adorned the wall as a stoup, and at its sides hung a clothes-brush and a pair of scissors.
Fathers and novices dress entirely in white. Father Maurus, being the superior, wears a leather belt, which ends in several knots, similar in shape to the rope girdles worn by monks of the Franciscan and other orders.
The Trappists are bareheaded, except shepherds, who wear hats of enormous size. Each monk is, however, provided with a cowl, which is very seldom used.