Chapter 8 Summary
The church is dark. Asta’s son tiptoes up to the door at the back of the building, which leads to a small room where Father Quinel sleeps. When the old man hears the knock at the door, he seems surprised—and then, when he realizes who has come, he offers up praise to God. He ushers Asta’s son into the church and produces a loaf of barley bread.
The stone church building is enormous—the height of two tall men, one standing on the other’s shoulders. The villagers of Stromwell believe it is “as old as the world.” The interior walls are adorned with pictures of Mary and Saint Giles, and a wooden crucifix hangs at the front.
Father Quinel is quick to believe that Asta’s son did not steal money...
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