Chapter 36 Summary

The preceptor of Templestowe is the brother of Cedric's neighbor Philip de Malvoisin. Unlike Sir Brian, Preceptor Malvoisin has the gift of veiling his hypocrisy behind a face expressing sincere fanaticism. When Beaumanoir confronts him with his knowledge of Rebecca's presence in the mansion, Malvoisin is at first speechless. Rebecca had been so well hidden he did not think she would be discovered, but now he needed a quick and plausible response to save the careers of himself and Sir Brian. When pressed for an answer, Malvoisin expresses horror that the maiden—whom he had put in residence there to supervise and prevent a growing intimacy between her and Sir Brian—should turn out to be a Jewish sorceress. Suddenly, he says, it...

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