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SWITZERLAND 

CHAPTER XIII 

I Resolve to Become a Monk--I go to Confession--Delay of a Fortnight
--Giustiniani, the Apostle Capuchin--I Alter my Mind; My Reasons--My
Pranks at the Inn--I Dine With the Abbot 

The cool way in which the abbot told these cock-and-bull stories gave
me an inclination to laughter, which the holiness of the place and
the laws of politeness had much difficulty in restraining.  All the
same I listened with such an attentive air that his reverence was
delighted with me and asked where I was staying. 

"Nowhere," said I; "I came from Zurich on foot, and my first visit
was to your church." 

I do not know whether I pronounced these words with an air of
compunction, but the abbot joined his hands and lifted them to

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