A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary and Analysis: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 4-5

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Summary and Analysis: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 4-5

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Abbot Arkos: the head of the abbey of the Order of Saint Leibowitz

Summary
Abbot Arkos, the head of Francis’s abbey, receives Cheroki in his study. He affirms that Cheroki made the right decision in ordering Francis to return to the abbey. Cheroki has deposited the papers from the box Francis found onto Arkos’s desk, and both Cheroki and Arkos dismiss those papers as having nothing to do with Leibowitz. Cheroki declares his intent to go see Francis, and Arkos tells Cheroki to have Francis come see Arkos afterward. Francis comes into Arkos’s study, mentioning that he was told Arkos meant to see him. Arkos maintains that the material in the box is only junk and harshly...

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