Crispin: The Cross of Lead Chapter 19 Summary

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Chapter 19 Summary

Crispin takes his bread to a corner of the church, as far away from his new master as he can safely go. His master sits down in a doorway, apparently still worried that Crispin might run away. The stranger asks if Crispin expected to remain free. Crispin refuses to answer.

Apparently determined to start a conversation, the stranger asks if Crispin thinks men will ever live without masters. Crispin has been told all his life that it is the serf’s holy duty to obey his superiors, so he says, “God…has willed it otherwise." Apparently unsatisfied with this response, the stranger points out that Adam and Eve lived without kings or lords. This argument does not seem exactly wrong to Crispin, but it is totally alien to...

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