Chapter 37 Summary

On the dais of the hall sits the grand master, and behind him are arranged the knights and squires of Templestowe. Sir Brian anxiously carves lines in the floor with the point of his sword; Beaumanoir interprets the scratches as cabalistic symbols. Rebecca stands before the grand master, and filling the rest of the hall are interested spectators.

The proceedings begin with the grand master's ominous declaration that if Sir Brian is guilty of bringing a woman—a Jewish woman—into the preceptory for the purpose of trying to kiss her, he will be "cut off and cast out" for his "heinous and multiplied guilt." This pronouncement makes the notoriously lecherous members of the order nervous. But, Beaumanoir continues, if the...

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