Screenplay Translation by Stan Blumenthal
All Characters are Copyright Carlton UK
DEREK JACOBI as Brother Cadfael
THE DEVIL'S NOVICE
SCREENPLAY BY CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL
PRODUCED BY STEPHEN SMALLWOOD
DIRECTED BY MALCOLM MOWBRAY
C A S T L I S T
DEREK JACOBI..................................Brother Cadfael
TERRENCE HARDIMAN...................Abbot Radalfus
MICHAEL CULVER............................Prior Robert
JULIAN FIRTH....................................Brother Jerome
EOIN MCCARTHY.............................Hugh Beringer
MARK CHARNOCK..........................Brother Oswin
ALBIE WOODINGTON.....................Sergeant Warden
JULIAN GLOVER...............................Leoric Ashby
IAN REDDING...................................Peter Clemence
IAN MACNEICE................................Canon Eloard
(CAST LIST adapted to this transcription from the
Cast List by JOSE ESCOBAR.)
FADE IN: OPENING TITLES
EXT. THE WOODS - DAY
THE BLOODY HAND We see the dirty and bloodied hand of a
WILD MAN. he is eating something raw that he just killed...an
animal like a deer.
CLOSE on the man's face...fear comes to it as we hear an
oncoming horse...it is a man riding a steed, someone of high
breeding. The man stops and bolts to the nearby brush. (a
whistle) The ELEGANT MERIET stops his horse...
GO TO MONTAGE of all the jewelry he is wearing and it being eyed
by the Wild Man laying in wait.
EXT. LEORIC'S HOME - A MOMENT LATER THE SAME DAY
The young man rides into the farm area and is greeted by
LEORIC Master Clemence.
LEORIC (turns to a son) Take his horse, boy! Welcome
to Ashby Manor.
CLEMENCE dismounts and lands in a puddle of muddy water.
CLEMENCE The pleasure is all yours...Cousin! He
quickly goes past Leoric into the farmhouse.
LEORIC Cousin Clemence, may I present my family.
INT. THE HOUSE The family is all lined up
...My word Isobel...my youngest son Mariet...and Tristan, my
A young lady enters from another part of the house.
CLEMENCE And..The burning bush among these worthy tree
TRISTAN Our neighbor's daughter...the
Clemence kisses her hand.
...She and I are to be wed next month.
ROSEANNA quickly releases her hand.
CLEMENCE Then clearly a life of mud and haystacks is
not without it's compensations. My lady-----
LEORIC (interrupts) Will you take wine...cousin?
They leave for the dining room. Roseanna comes and then
goes around Meriet.
ROSEANNAYou must learn to smile, Meriet...or you will
turn the wine to vinegar.
She turns and follows the rest.
INT. BROTHER CADFAEL'S HUT CLOSE UP on a stew. A hand dips
a ladle into the stew and comes up with a spoonful...taking a
taste we see it is BROTHER CADFAEL. He turns as if to be
speaking to someone.
CADFAEL So! Hugh Beringar is off to Westminster.
Seated is BERINGAR and standing is SERGEANT WARDEN
BERINGAR MichaelMas is upon us, Cadfael. Time to
render account of the shire and its revenues to the King.
CADFAEL With you and Sherriff Prescote are away, who
is going to maintain the peace in your absence?
Beringar points to his deputy...SERGEANT WARDEN.
Cadfael puts the ladle down.
CADFAEL Sergeant Warden?
WARDEN You think I am not
Cadfael walks behind them...then turns in front of Warden
CADFAEL It was---uh--Mustard Oil you
wanted, wasn't it Hugh?
BERINGER Mmmmm. I said to Sergeant Warden, that
ifany strange difficulty should arise, to do as I do...consult
Warden snorts. Cadfael takes a jar from the shelf and
comes back over to the table. He looks at Warden.
CADFAEL Yes...of course. Well, there we are then. That
should keep the cold out. (hands the bottle to Beringer but
Warden takes it instead) Use as much as you like---er--I
must attend--um- Father Abbot.
Beringer gets up from the table, as Cadfael leaves, Warden
opens the lid on the jar and sniffs at the contents.
CUT TO: ASHBY MANOR INT. THE DINING AREA - SAME DAY
Clemence with wine glass in hand, walks around the
table,█chuckling ......getting close to ROSEANNA.
CLEMENCE (chuckling) Can you believe I was once a
monk...Still am in fact. He takes Roseanne's hand.
ROSEANNE Though, not in habit...sir.
CLEMENCE Not in any habit, My Lady.
JANYN BECK, brother to Lady Roseanne stands to the right
JANYN My apologize...Master Clemence.I
have yet to make your acquaintence...My Lady's
CLEMENCE Sir...you are indeed fortunate...but not as
fortunate as Master Tristan.
LEORIC Perhaps you will honor us...by attending the
wedding and blessing the union.
Janyn walks around in back of Clemence and the others and
BEYOND CAMERA RIGHT.
CLEMENCE (takes a drink) I thank you, Leoric. A
country weddingcould be amusing. (He takes a daggar and stabs
an apple). Who knows were I will be in two weeks time? The
life of a diplomat is full of intrigue... (Tristan and his
brother look glum) ...and fine dinners. In fact. I wonder
you lads do not forsake your dunghills and take the tonsure. (Points
the daggar at the shaved circle in middle back of his head...the
mark of a monk).
CUT TO: ISOBEL and another SON.
CLEMENCE.A couple years in a monastry...then up and
away. A cleric can fly high indeed. He takes a cup. The Bishop
of Winchester is the highest in the land...Save the King
TRISTAN Master Clemence is here on the King's
MERIET sitting next to Isobel, looks over to Clemence.
MERIET The King's business...here?
CLOSE ON CLEMENCE
CLEMENCE He wishes to know the number
of your chickens.(clucking...then laughing) No!
No! No! No! I am here to rest the night and abuse the
hospitality of my second cousin...twice removed. (CLOSE ON
LEORIC)...and then on to Chester..... (CLOSE ON MAN
PEEKING IN WINDOW) ...You know where Chester is? It's a
large town some thirty miles to the North. The Earl of Chester
is undecided as to where throw his weight in the Civil War.
(BACK TO THE BROTHERS)...You know there is a civil wargoing
on between King Stephen and his frightful cousin Maude for the
throne of England.
MIDDLE BROTHER We had friends die in it...sir!
ON MERIET AND ISOBEL
MERIETAnd if the Earl of Chester does not support the
CLEMENCE Then sir...you have a country in
turmoil...each Baron out for himself...(leaning toward them)...in
a word, Anarchy!
LEORIC (off camera) Then God protect you...sir.
LEORICI wonder that you ride
alone---with the King's future in your hands.
BACK ON CLEMENCE AND ROSEANNA
CLEMENCE To the world I am a mere chaplain---(animated)
trotting about on the Church's business. (chuckles) And
nobody's much interested in that. Ah! But what of the future? (raises
goblet to Roseanna) Tonight we have wine...and beauty. To
Roseanna....the perfect flower of English womanhood. (Hekisses
her by her right ear...)
ON TRISTAN AND THE BROTHER
The Brother restrains Tristan, whose hand is clinched in a
fist, ready to hit Clemence.
INT. DINING ROOM - SOME TIME LATER
Roseanna holds a candle and walks slowly through the area.
She comes up to Clemence who still sits at the empty table.
ROSEANNA I brought you a light, sir...for your
chamber. Shall I lead the way?
CLEMENCE (lifting goblet) My Lady...you may
lead me where you will.(he drinks the last drop of the wine
and sets the goblet down) She moves past him to the
interior of the house...Clemence smiles and gets up to follow
her. Roseanna stops in a hallway and Clemence comes up close to
her and grabs her around the waist. HE then plants kisses on her
neck and lips...and she responds in turn. (hinge squeaking) They
stop and look. Clemence puts a finger to her wet lips. He then
takes the light and goes to his bed chamber...alone. Roseanna
slightly smiles, touching her cheek.
CAMERA PANS LEFT AND UPWARD...to reveal the middle brother
watching all of this...then retreating to his own room.
EXT. THE MANOR COURTYARD - NEXT DAY
Animals are bleating...as in CLOSEUP we see a gloved hand
put a rather expensive looking ring on the right index finger.
It is Clemence...who is being attended by Isobel and Mariet.
Clemence mounts his horse.
MED. CLOSE on Roseanna at the door.
On his mount...Clemence kisses a two fingers and throws
them symbolically at Roseanna. He looks to Leoric.
CLEMENCE Farewell, then Cousin...may your beans
be plentiful and your oates free of tares.
ON LEORIC...THEN OFF as he rides off.
LEORIC Godspeed, sir.
They all watch as he goes off down the road.
CLOSE ON TRISTAN AND MIDDLE BROTHER
MIDDLE BROTHER Forget him, brother. He is gone
Without a word, Tristan turns and goes back into the
house. Leoric is standing behind them.
LEORIC God forgive me, for being glad, to be
rid of a guest.
MIDDLE BROTHER Perhaps he is right, father. We should
all take the cowl. (Leoric glares at himand he too goes
inside). Though I wish he would choke on his next "Fine
He too turns and walks past Roseanna into the house. He
hesitates momentarily glares at her and then goes in. She looks
on down the road where Clemence is going. Her POV as we see the
horse and rider disappear out of view.
EXT. THE ROAD - SAME DAY
The man who peered in the window the night before, is the
same beggar or tramp who watched Clemence ride down the same
road to the manor...is now chomping down on wild berries. HE
stops hearing the oncoming clopping of horse hooves. It is
Clemence on his horse. The rustling of leaves, causes him to
stop his horse to investigate. Clemence turns around to look
behind him. Then turns back to see a cross marking a fork in the
road...Clemence takes the left fork
EXT. WOODS/FLOWING STREAM - LATE AFTERNOON
The stream flows as we PAN UP to a fire and the beggar is
cooking something and cutting pieces of it with a jewel studded
CUT TO: EXT. THE GATES AT SAINT PETER AND PAUL ABBEY -
It is dark as the cumbersome doors slowly swing open. Two
horseman arrive...it is LEORIC and his son, MERIET. They stop at
the Church steps and Mariet dismounts...takes his hood down and
looks at his father. Leoric does not smile as he looks down upon
his son. A monk takes the boy's horse as CADFAEL rushes down the
steps to meet them. The boy says nothing as he looks to his
father. It is also raining. ON CADFAEL AND THE BOY
CADFAEL Sir, will you come in the dry, and take some
LEORIC I have sent word to Father Abbot...my son is
resolved to become a monk.
Cadfael looks to the boy, who hasn't taken his eyes off
ON LEORIC as he turns the horse and rides out of the
monastry court yard. Cadfael grabs the boy's arm and they go to
INT. THE ABBEY PRAYER CHAMBERS
All the Monks are seated against one wall. FATHER ABBOT is
at the head...seated. The boy is prone before all of them.
FATHER ABBOT What is your prayer, my son?
MERIET Father, to enter the cloistered life and serve
FATHER ABBOT The life you seek is a hard one. Are you
ready to accept that hardship, to obey and bear ignominy for the
love of Christ?
MERIET Yes, for the grace of God.
FATHER ABBOT Stand. (the boy complies) Are you
freeborn, in good health and free from incurable disease?
MERIET Yes, by the grace of God.
ON FATHER ABBOT
FATHER ABBOT Are you free from debts and
MERIET Yes, by the grace of God.
ON FATHER ABBOT
FATHER ABBOT Are you bound, by promise of marriage.
MERIET No, by the grace of God.
CLOSE ON ABBOT
FATHER ABBOT Then your prayer is answered. (ON
MERIET) For those like you, who come to the order in mature
years... (BACK ON ABBOT) A ful ltwelve months
probationary is customary.
MERIET Father, is that needful? Can not the time be
cut short? I desire with all my heart to have the fullness of my
committment, and be at peace.
ON FATHER ABBOT
FATHER ABBOT Do not strain after perfection. It would
be made plain if you are ready earlier. LEANS TO HIM I do
not exaggerate, when I say the life you seek is a hard one. Your
nights here will be spent more in prayer, than in sleep. Your
meals will be eaten insilence...and your eyes spoilt in
study...you will toil in the fields like a serf and then spend
even more hours singing yourself hoarse to the Glory of God. (ON
MERIET) That is the fullness of your committment.
MERIET I shall not be found wanting...Father.I
promise. (HE kisses the ring on FatherAbbot's right hand)
CUT TO: INT. THE MONK'S SLEEPING QUARTERS
A few are snoring as CAMERA PANS RIGHT passed the columns
and rows of bunks and stops on a young man. The young man is
MERIET (screaming) NO! (CAMERA PANS as monk
after monk awakens) No! Dear Mother of Christ...No!
CADFAEL awakens and gets up to quickly light a candle.
MERIET (continues screaming) Help me! (ON
MERIET NOW) No! Dear Mother of Christ...no! (Cadfael
rushes with candle to where the young man lay) No! Forgive
me! Please!!! Help me!!! No!!! Forgive me!!!
Cadfael and the Brothers look on, as Mariet grabs his left
wrist. BROTHER JEROME pulls his arms free of his tunic
and goes for him...but Cadfael quickly grabs him.
CADFAEL No! Brother...Brother...Brother!
Mariet continues on and on with the same screaming words.
Cadfael pushes past Jerome and goes to the boy slowly. He takes
the young man by the shoulder...startling him.
CADFAEL Easy! Easy! Easy. (The boy sobs) Easy.
CLOSE ON ONE OF THE BROTHER...THEN BACK ON CADFAEL AND
Cadfael gently lays him back down on the cot.
CADFAEL Let's go back to sleep.
ROBERT Get back to sleep! This is not some fairground
booth! Back to bed...all of you! (Cadfael grabs the candle)
OSWIN Is it...Is it demons, Brother Cadfael?
Cadfael takes Oswin by the arm and they go off. Prior
Robert stands glumly over the young man.
ROBERT If it is...they shall be exorcized.
Mariet is now resting comfortably.
INT. THE MEETING ROOM IN THE ABBEY
All monks, the Father Abbot, Prior Robert are seated...and
Mariet lies prone before the Father Abbot.
ROBERT Father Abbot...if we accept the fact,that being
asleep, this was not a willfulact at self-display...(CAMERA
MOVES IN) then it issues instead from a deeply troubled
spirit...which we must help to concentrate and purify.
FATHER ABBOT You suggest some mortification of the
JEROME Father? Which one of us has not taken ease from
hard labor..or a diet of bread and water...or the lash?
CLOSE ON MERIET/CLOSE ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL And which one of us, Father, has never had one
ill night and broken it with nightmares?
ON FATHER ABBOT
CADFAEL (off camera) Once is but once. (BACK
ON CADFAEL) We have none of us come to harm from his
ON FATHER ABBOT TO MERIET
FATHER ABBOT It seems you have a friend, in
BrotherCadfael. (Mariet looks up) Deserve it!
PAN ACROSS SITTING MONKS A BALD HEADED MONK rushes into
BALD MONK Forgive me, Father Abbot...a visitor!
CLOSE ON VISITOR
ELOARD My name is Eloard. I am Canon to the Bishop of
Winchester. (he moves around the table) I have a mystery
to solve...Brother Meriet. Do you know a man by the name of
Peter Clemence..the Bishop's Chaplain?
CLOSE ON MERIET
MERIET I tended his horse at my father's house.
BACK ON ELOARD
ELOARD Your father says as much. I have been to Ashby
Manor and questioned all there.You...are my last hope.
ELOARD MOVES TO MERIET'S RIGHT
ELOARD The morning of his departure. (CIRCLING HIM)
You saw Master Clemence ride off? (MERIET TURNS WITH HIM)
MERIET Yes Sir.
ELOARD (off camera) And then you
saw him no more?
Meriet by now is facing CAMERA.
MERIET We none of us rode with him. He
said he knew the track.
ELOARD (still off camera) Did he say
where he was bound...and for what purpose?
MERIET MAKES A COMPLETE CIRCLE
MERIET To Chester...on the King's business....a
mission of diplomacy.
ELOARD IN VIEW WHERE HE BEGAN. ABBOT RADALPHUS IS SEEN
ELOARD A mission of the highest import, Brother...but
a mission that was not completed. ...for Master Clemence has
vanished! Sergeant Warden? (Warden enters from behind Meriet).
You say you tended Master Clemences horse...what was it like?
MERIET A fine beast. Not above three years old and
ELOARD TO WARDEN
ELOARD Sergeant? I wonder if you have found it yet?
O.T.S.SHOT OF ELOARD...MERIET...WARDEN IN BKGRND.
WARDEN We shall, my Lord, I promise.
ELOARD It troubles me, Brother
Meriet...that Peter Clemence vanishes and you are siezed by
sudden and holy vocation for the safety of the cloistered life.
What brings you here?
MERIET For some young men, sir, the world falls short.
They seek a higher and less selfish life within these walls.
ELOARD Quite so. Be sure you stay within these walls,
Brother...so that I may speak with you again. That is all for
ELOARD TURNS AND GOES TO WHERE FATHER ABBOT IS STANDING.
MERIET MAKES A SLIGHT BOW AND LEAVES. MEDIUM TWO SHOT OF ELOARD
AND FATHER ABBOT WHO IS SEATED.
ELOARD You seemed shocked, Father Abbot...but I trust
you will not prove to be harboring a murderer. Sergeant Warden?
(ON WARDEN WHOMOVES TOWARD THEM) I must leave this in
your hands now. (ON ELOARD/ABBOT) While I press onto
Chester and secure what can be secured...Pray for my safety,
Father...and you (TO WARDEN)...be aware that Peter
Clemence is one of our most able young men...a great favorite of
my Lord Bishop and of the King himself. It is noted...he is lost
in your county.
WARDEN My Lord. (HE TURNS AND LEAVES BY THE DOOR HE
INT. LIGHTED STAIRCASE PANNING DOWN
we HEAR BELLS TOLLING and Meriet is deep in thought. A
hand comes to rest on his shoulder. It is Cadfael. -
CADFAEL Best to get to bed. We shall be
in here soon enough.
MERIET Yes, Brother. (He gets up to go but Cadfael
puts a firm hand on his shoulder).
CADFAEL And....I have learned of Canon Eluard's
purpose here...If you have need of help...at any time.....
MERIET I thank you, Brother...I need help from no man.
Meriet crosses in front of Cadfael...goes off camera.
CUT TO: INT. SLEEPING CHAMBERS - NIGHT
The Monks, Cadfael, Jerome et al are standing in front of
the bunk of Meriet...who is having another nightmare.
MERIET (dreaming) Go! Go! Trust me! Is it the
Devil in you? (He rises straight up).
The monks whisper...."Is it the Devil?"
MERIET (continuing) Barbary? Barbary? (he begins to
OSWIN comes around behind Jerome and Cadfael.
OSWIN (frightened) Barbary? He called Barbary.
CADFAEL Oswin! I did hear him. (Oswin crosses
OSWIN Then he whistled! That's how the Devil's
summoned up, Brother Cadfael...by whistling.Can he be the
CADFAEL (irritated) Oswin!
JEROME Do not dismiss, Brother Oswin's
fearsso lightly...nor the power of Evil! Measures must be taken!
CADFAEL To ensure peace of life, maybe Brother Merrit
should be segregated for a while.
OSWIN Brother Cadfael! If he is set apart with no one
to watch or hear him, who knows what will happen? The Devil will
thrive unchallenged...he could bring the roof down upon us...or
consume the Abbey in fire!
CADFAEL QUICKLY TAKES OSWIN BY THE ARM AND LEADS HIM AWAY
FROM THE OTHERS. TALKING AS THEY GO.....
CADFAEL Oswin? When you entered these walls you
renounced the World...not your senses!
OSWIN But Brother! I think he has a talisman from his
THE OTHER MONKS ARE LOOKING TOWARD THEM NOW.
OSWIN (continues) He hides it in his cell. I have seen
him do so...I swear! A charm. (ON THEMONKS) And at night,
he takes it to his bed.
JEROME PUSHES FORWARD.
JEROME You have seen this? Some alien thing...hidden
ON CADFAEL, JEROME AND OSWIN.
OSWIN Not clearly, Brother. But it is there.
JEROME LOOKS DIRECTLY AT CADFAEL
JEROME That is not according to the Rule!
CADFAEL TURNS AROUND.
CADFAEL Brother Meriet!
HE THEN GOES TO THE YOUNG MONK WHO IS OUT OF HIS BED.
CADFAEL GOES PAST THE BROTHERS SURROUNDING HIM.
CADFAEL (continues)Are you well?
MERIET Perfectly well...I think. What
has happened here?
ONE OF THE MONKS IS SEARCHING IN MERIET'S BED.
CADFAEL (off camera) Nothing!
Just another bad dreamthat's all. You should rest.
JEROME IS THE MONK DOING THE SEARCH AND COMES UP WITH THE
TALISMAN THAT OSWIN HAD MENTIONED. CLOSE IN ON IT AS HE LIFTS IT
UP FOR VIEWING. MERIET SEES WHAT IS GOING ON.
MERIET (angered)Leave my things alone!
HE TURNS TO JEROME AND GOES TOWARD HIM.
HE CONFRONTS JEROME PUTTING HIS HAND OUT TO HIM.
MERIET Give that to me! It is mine!
JEROME You have foresworn "mine" Brother...or
do you already forget?
MERIET (irritated) Give it to me!
JEROME To bring anything personal here, is to flout
the rules! But to cherish this (HOLDS UP TALISMAN) in
your bed, is close to fornication! (MERIET GRABSFOR IT, BUT
JEROME IS QUICKER) Do you so much as know the meaning of the
vows that you wish to take?
JEROME GETS INTO HIS FACE.
JEROME (continues) Obedience!
Stability! Chastity! Is there no grace in you at all?
MERIET Grace enough to refrain from stealing.
Give me what is mine!
JEROME GRITS HIS TEETH.
JEROME Stand aside...Brother! If you do not, you will
never take those vows.I will have you cast out!
MERIET IS RELUCTANT, BUT STANDS ASIDE TO LET JEROME PASS.
(ON CADFAEL, AS JEROME GOES BY HIM) AND THEN STOPS MIDWAY OF THE
ROOM. HE TURNS TO THE OTHER MONKS. HE WALKS OVER TO THE CANDLE
AND PUTS THE TALISMAN TO THE FLAME. MERIET RUSHES AND GRABS HIM
BY THE THROAT. HE PUSHES JEROME UP AGAINST A PILLAR AND
COMMENCES TO BASH HIS HEAD AGAINST WHILE CHOKING HIM AT THE SAME
TIME...CADFAEL INTERVENES AND GRABS MERIET FROM BEHIND IN AN ARM
LOCK. JEROME SLIDES TO THE FLOOR ...UNCONSCIENCE. CADFAEL AND
MERIET FALL TO THE FLOOR ABOUT THE SAME TIME....
CADFAEL For shame boy! (Meriet grunting)
DISSOLVE TO: INT. OF ABBEY - SAME NIGHT MERIET IS IN A
HOOD...ANOTHER BROTHER IS BEHIND HIM. IT IS CLEAR THAT MERIET IS
GOING TO BE WHIPPED. HE WEARS ONLY A HOOD...AS THE BROTHER TAKES
THE LASH TO HIM CAUSING HIM TO GRUNT WITH PAIN. IN A CIRCULAR
MOTION...WE SEE THE OTHER BROTHERS WEARING THEIR DRESS AND ALSO
HOODED SURROUND THE POST AND WATCH AS THE LASH WHIPS HOME ON
MERIET'S BACK. MEDIUM SHOT WITH THE BROTHER WINDING UP THE LASH
AND WE SEE THE RED STRIPES CRISS-CROSSED ON MERIET'S BACK. AS
THE CAMERA COMES AROUND...THE WHIPPER TAKES ANOTHER STROKE ON
MERIET'S BACK. WE FALL ON CADFAEL AND MOVE IN CLOSE...WATCHING
HIM GRIMACE AT EACH STROKE OF THE LASH.
INT. A ROOM OR CELL IN THE ABBEY
MERIET LIES ON HIS STOMACH...AGONIZING FROM THE WOUNDS OF
THE LASH ON HIS BACK. THE DOOR OPENS AND CADFAEL COMES IN WITH A
CANDLE AND SETS IT DOWN NEARBY...HE SIGHS.......
CADFAELYou are a fool...boy! You could
have spared yourself all this.
MERIET I have had worse...My father could teach
them something here.
CADFAEL PUTS A BAG DOWN AND GETS SOMETHING OUT OF IT.
CADFAEL Well...He failed to teach you much sense!
CADFAEL DABS AT THE WOUNDS ON THE YOUNG MAN'S BACK.
CADFAEL (Continues) Do you want me to salve it
HE TOUCHES THE WOUNDS CAUSING MERIET TO GASP IN PAIN.
CADFAEL (continuing) This is nothing! You could
have been excommunicated. Assault on your priest and confessor?
Though I won't deny I haven't wanted to strangle Brother Jerome
at times myself.
THROUGH THE PAIN.
MERIET He had no right to steal from me!
CADFAEL (irritated) He had every right to
confiscate what is forbidden here!
MERIET TURNS TO HIM.
MERIET Nor did he have the right to destroy it before
my eyes...or speak of fornication! Where is the evil in a lock
of hair? A keepsake?
CADFAEL Did the red haired girl...spurn you?
BACK ON MERIET
MERIET She is spoken for.
CADFAEL (off camera)Then find another.
MEDIUM TWO SHOT OF THEM BOTH
CADFAEL (continues)You are young and there are
many...be off! (LEANING TO HIS EAR) Either that...or bend
that stiff neck.
ON MERIET TURNING TO LOOK AT CADFAEL THEN TURNS
BACK NOW ON CADFAEL...
CADFAEL I tell you boy! I have never known a novice to
pursue his vocation with so much passion...and so little
joy.What is tearing at your soul?
MERIET Why are any of us? (TURNING TO CADFAEL)
Why are you?
CADFAEL I was a soldier. In the great crusade in
Jerusalem... I killed many in the name of God... now... I grow
herbs and brew remedies, to heal men after all those years of
injuring them.What could be more fitting?
MERIET A tonment then?
MED.TWO SHOT OF THEM BOTH
CADFAEL I am so much older than you.. But of all the
vows I took up on entering here...OBEDIENCE...is still the
CUTTO: INT. ANOTHER PART OF THE ABBEY
FATHER RADALPHUS TURNS TO PRIOR ROBERT AND CADFAEL.
RADALPHUS Unrequited love?
CADFAEL He is passionate! (ONCADFAEL) The
Lady chose his brother.
RADALPHUS And for that he shuts himself away?
CADFAEL He will admit no other reason.
ON PRIOR ROBERT
ROBERT Well, better that than murder.
CADFAEL You mean...given Canon Eluard's suspcions?
ROBERT Given credence...surely...by his savage attack
on Brother Jerome.
ON THE ABBOT (not speaking yet)
CADFAEL No! No! No! No! Meriet would have stopped!
ROBERT Would he? I think, Brother Cadfael, you see
yourself in that youngman... That doesn't mean you can read his
ON CADFAEL (KNODDING, PURSING HIS LIPS)
CADFAEL No. But I think it wise, Father, that someone
should see his parent, Leoric Ashby.
ROBERT For what reason?
BACK ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL Because it is not yet too late, for him to
haul the boy back from vows he is manifestly...ill-suited.
ON THE ABBOT
RADALPHUS A sensible thought... (he walks to the
right, taking a seat at the desk/table?) This is not a
hide-away for love sick youth, Brother Prior.
MED. TWO SHOT ON CADFAEL AND ROBERT
CADFAEL Nor violent youth...Could I suggest Father,
that while Meriet's future is being decide, he serve out his
penance at St.Giles?
ROBERT The Lazar House?
CADFAEL His removal from the Abbey, will calm the
other Novices. (ON THE ABBOT) And Brother Oswin who is
due to take another turn there, will welcome the help... I'm
ROBERT Perhaps your right. Ministrying to those worse
blessed than himself is possibly the best medicine of all for
ON THE ABBOT
RADALPHUS Arrange it.
ON CADFAEL AND ROBERT
THEY BEGIN TO LEAVE.
RADALPHUS (offcamera) How is... Brother Jerome?
THEY STOP AND TURN AT THE DOOR.
CADFAEL Oh... his throat will mend. But a week or two
will pass before his voice returns.
RADALPHUS REACTS WITH A SHRUG. HE PICKS UP A QUILL PEN.
RADALPHUS Then even in the worse deed... there is some
good. (HE SLIGHTLY SMILES and KNODS)
BACK ON CADFAEL AND ROBERT; ROBERT OPENS THE DOOR AND
CADFAEL Yes, Father.
CUT TO: EXT: THE ABBEY COURTYARD - DAY
Cadfael, Meriet and Oswin come through the Abbey door and
descend the steps to the courtyard. SERGEANT WARDEN comes from
talking with two monks near some scaffolding.
WARDEN Brother Cadfael.Where are you bound?
FULL SHOT ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL I? To Ashby Manor... Brother Merietto
WARDEN For what purpose?
CADFAEL Father Abbott's purpose.
WARDEN BLOCKS HIM AND MERIET FROM THE HORSE THAT IS
WAITING. CADFAEL AND WARDEN STAND FACE TO FACE.
CADFAEL Do you seek my help, Sergeant?
A HORSE WHINNIES... THEY ALL TURN TO THE OUTSIDE GATE.. A
BALD MAN ENTERS THE COMPOUND LEADING A HORSE... HE IS......
CADFAEL (Aghast) That... is Barbary!
OSWIN A horse.
MERIET MOVES FROM BEHIND THEM TO WATCH THE BALD MAN TAKE
THE HORSE... BARBARY TO THE STABLE. THE MAN IS ONE OF THE
MAN I thought it best bring it here, Sir.
WARDEN TURNS TO THE MONKS.
WARDEN Well... Does it belong to Peter Clemence?
TWO SHOT OF CADFAEL AND MERIET
MERIET Yes. This is his. I never before had its like
to care for... such a horse as Barbary. Where'd you find him?
ON CADFAEL, THE MAN AND WARDEN
MAN Twenty miles to the North.
CADFAEL MOVES BETWEEN THE MAN AND WARDEN TO THE HORSE.
WARDEN Twenty miles?
MAN In the peat bogs by Whitbatch.
WARDEN Clemence robbed and murdered then.
ON MERIET. WHO LOOKS CONCERNED.
CADFAEL (off camera) Scarcely robbed.(on
camera) Look at all the silver on his harness! What robber
worth his salt would lose a piece like this?
WARDEN The rider himself could hardly be worth more. (HE
MOVES TO MERIET) And desperate men don't think.. besides...
there's other predators.
ON OSWIN... A LOOK OF DESPERATION
CADFAEL (off camera) Was there a
noseband? (on Camera) To match the saddlecloth?
MED TWO SHOT CLOSE ON MERIET AND WARDEN
MERIET Yes... Green velvet. Man and horse were all
green velvet from head to toe.
ON CADFAEL AND MAN
CADFAEL There is none here now.
ON MERIET AND WARDEN
WARDEN (to the man) Get that horse cleaned up!
And you.. boy, don't stray from the lepers.
EXT. SAINT GILES LEPER COLONY -DAY
LONG SHOT OF CADFAEL, MERIET AND OSWIN
OSWIN Welcome to St.Giles. I'll let them know you're
OSWIN MOVES AHEAD TOWARD THE HUT.
MERIET How many lepers are there?
CADFAEL Usually about five and twenty. (ON CADFAEL)
Some move from Lazar House to Lazar House. Some arrive too ill
to go any further. Death thins the numbers... but the gaps are
filled. ..Aren't you afraid of infection?
SOME LEPER CHILDREN COME INTO THE YARD PLAYING: THEN RUN
ACK INTO THE GRAVEYARD AREA. OSWIN COMES FROM THE HOUSE FOLLOWED
BY AN ADULT LEPER.
OSWIN A happy chance for your arrival, Brother Meriet
--it's a holiday. On four days a year we're allowed a foray.. by
discretion of the Crown, to gather firewood in the long forest.
So,being able bodied you may push a cart.
Oswin leads Meriet into the hut... some of the lepers
follow him in, as Cadfael takes the ass and leads back down the
trail to the Abbey. SOUND: CHORUS/ LEAD SINGER SING OFF
to Act 2...