THE DEVIL'S NOVICE
CUT TO: INT. THE INFIRMIRAY AREA
STANDING AT THE FAR END IS SERGEANT WARDEN...CADFAEL
STANDS AT FOREGROUND LOOKING AT SOMETHING.....
WARDEN Brother Meriet. (HE WALKS THE AISLE TO THE
BED WHERE MERIET IS LAYING DOWN ON) To accept banishment to
the Cloister may be deemed a great self-sacrifice...and there is
virtue in it, too when it is done to save the family honor...(LEANS
DOWN TO HIM) But you still got your life.
CLOSE ON MERIET, WHO GIVES THE SERGEANT A LOOK OF DISDAIN.
WARDEN (CONTINUES) And if you killed...that
life is forfeit.
MERIET And I accept that penalty...no starving runaway
must take my place.
CADFAEL After Peter Clemence was killed you moved the
body out of sight?
WARDEN TURNS AND MOVES TOWARD CADFAEL
MERIET Among the trees above the track... deep in the
WARDEN RAISES HIS ARM...CADFAEL PUSHES IT ASIDE AND TAKES
A CUP OF SOME MEDICINE TO MERIET......
CADFAEL And frightened off the horse?
MERIET KNODS A YES.
CADFAEL Then you took him to the Charcoal Stack and
MERIET I know the method. The old charcoal burner
taught me as a child.
ON CADFAEL AND WARDEN
WARDEN Brother...can he be moved?
CADFAEL Not yet.
WARDEN A snapped ankle is of little import... when his
neck shall follow!
ON MERIET WHO TAKES A DEEP SIGH.
CUT TO: EXT. A WAGON NEAR A BARN OR HOUSE - DAY
ISOBEL IS IN THE WAGON, RUMMAGING THROUGH A TRUNK.
ROSEANNA (OFF CAMERA) Isobel!
ISOBEL QUICKLY SHUTS THE LID AND GETS OUT OF THE WAGON.
ROSEANNA Are you not dressing for the journey?
ISOBEL I have.
ROSEANNA Oh. You might see what is suitable for my
THEY BEGIN TO WALK AWAY FROM THE WAGON...OUTLINED BY THE
OPENED BACK OF THE WAGON. ISOBEL LOOKS BACK AN INSTANT...THEN
SHE AND ROSEANNA TURN RIGHT AND GO INTO THE BUILDING.
ISOBEL (off camera) I will see what is
CUT TO EXT. CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL/SHREWSBURY -
A FEW PEOPLE AND SOME LIVESTOCK MILL ABOUT IN THE STREET
OUTSIDE THE FOREGATE WHICH IS OPENED TO THE OUTER COURTYARD OF
THE MONASTARY. A WAGON...THEN ANOTHER THIS TIME DECORATED WITH
HORSEMAN BESIDE AND AROUND IT GO THROUGH THE STREET...A MAN
CROSSES WITH A BUNDLE LIMBS AND ANOTHER LEADS A HORSE... AS THE
PARTY GOES TO THE CHURCH. THE GATE OPENS AND THE ASHBY PARTY
ENTERS THE COURTYARD...THE BROTHERS STAND ON STEPS TO THE
ENTRANCE...BROTHER ABBOT RADALFUS STEPS FOREWARD..
RADALFUS Welcome, sir!
LEORIC You are gracious, Father.
THE CART STOPS...A MONK IS NEARBY AS IT STOPS.
RADALPHUS Salvere iubeo.
ROSEANNA DEPARTS THE WAGON...ISOBEL DISMOUNTS HER HORSE...
TRISTAN EMBRACES ROSEANNA.
RADALPHUS (CONTINUED) Dominus Vobiscum Laudate
LEORIC COMES AROUND THE HORSE ... FACES RADALPHUS
RADALPHUS (CONTINUES) A wedding is a joyful
LEORIC You have my kinsman's bones.
RADALPHUS POINTS THE WAY AND THEY DEPART FOR THE
CUT TO: INT. THE SANCTUARY...
IN FOREGROUND IS LEORIC PRAYING....CADFAEL ENTERS FROM THE
BACK OF THE ROOM. HE MOVES DOWN TO WHERE LEORIC IS ... CROSSES
HIMSELF AND KNEELS NEXT TO HIM.
CADFAEL Forgive me for intruding. You have had word
from Sergeant Warden? Meriet has confessed murder. But I do not
believe him guilty.
LEORIC You do not believe? Were you there? I know what
I heard and saw, Brother! (TURNS TO ALTER) I never can
CADFAEL LOOKS SURPRISED...
CADFAEL YOU came upon them, then?
LEORIC QUICKLY GETS UP AND STARTS TO MOVE TO THE DOOR
LEORIC Can we leave this place?
HE QUICKLY TURNS RIGHT AND LEAVES...CADFAEL QUICKLY
CUT TO: EXTERIOR - PROBABLY IN BACK OF THE ABBEY -
MOMENTS LATER LEORIC AND CADFAEL COME OUT INTO THIS
AREA...A MONK CARRYING A HOE PASSES BY....
LEORIC I went out with my hounds---a day's
hunting...and what to do I run down?
THEY WALK AND TALK TOGETHER...
LEORIC (continues) A brave stag? No, my
recently departed guest. My own kinsman...with an arrow in his
chest...and Meriet, bow and quiver on his shoulder dragging him
from the path, calling out to the horse as he went about his
CADFAEL What time of day was this?
LEORIC How would I know what time it was, it was the
end for me.
CADFAEL Was it morning...noon...evening?
LEORIC Uh...evening. We were bound for home and
CADFAEL Did Meriet say anything?
LEORIC Not one word. What could he say?
CADFAEL Well, he says much now...every deed is his!
LEORIC He cannot bear the guilt...no more can I.
CADFAEL I don't understand...what guilt is yours? If
you did not kill Clemence?
THEY WALK TO THE HERBAL COTTAGE OF CADFAEL'S
CLOSE ON LEORIC.
LEORIC You think that?
CADFAEL I only know that Meriet certainly did not. So
I ask again, what guilt is yours? (ON LEORIC) Did you...(ON
CADFAEL) burn the corpse?
BACK TO LEORIC
LEORIC IS SILENT AS THEY BOTH GO INTO THE COTTAGE.
CUT TO: CLOSE SHOT ON ROSEANNA...LOOKING IN
MIRROR...BRUSHING HER HAIR...ISOBEL IS IN BACKGROUND LOOKING AT
ROSEANNA I shall miss you...Isobel.
ISOBEL And I you. Who shall advise me on what to wear?
CAMERA MOVES IN ON ISOBEL
ROSEANNA But when I think of my good fortune...and
Tristan will make such a handsome husband.
CLOSE ON ROSEANNA
ROSEANNA (CONTINUES) ...And there will be
ISOBEL (OFF CAMERA) Adventure? A manor house in
the chilly north?
IT IS CLEAR...ISOBEL IS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING.....
ROSEANNA (OFF CAMERA) Oh yes...my brother Janyn
says there will be excitement and rich rewards. Newark is no
ordinary place...when I ride away from here tomorrow...(CLOSE
ON ISOBEL STILL SEARCHING)...I shall pity you.
SHE RUMMAGES IN ROSEANNA'S LUGGAGE....
ISOBEL And I shall pity the pack horse.
BACK ON ROSEANNA
ROSEANNA Will we be obliged, do you think, to attend
Compline after supping with the Abbot? (ON ISOBEL WHO KEEPS
LOOKING AND HOPING ROSEANNA DOES NOT CATCH HER) I suppose we
shall...I could never be a monk, the day is disrupted with this
constant need to pray. What can monks need to pray about...(ON
ROSEANNA)... it is a mystery. What hopes can they give voice
to...(BACK ON ISOBEL).... What sins do they need to
ISOBEL SUDDENLY FINDS IT....THE ORNAMENT THAT CLEMENCE WAS
WEARING AT THE MANOR...THE LARGE BROOCH. CLOSE ON BROOCH AS
MUSIC COMES UP AND UNDER... SLOW FADE OUT:
FADE IN: INT. OF CADFAEL'S HERB COTTAGE - SAME DAY
MED. CLOSE OF LEORIC DRINKING FROM A GOBLET...CADFAEL IS
SLIGHTLY OUT OF FOCUS WITH HIS BACK TO US...LEORIC DRINKS FROM
LEORIC I had the horse led to the far north...by the
track Clemence should have ridden... devil's own job to try and
catch...and the body I took secretly to the charcoal hearth
LEORIC (CONTINUES;OFF CAMERA) I built a stack
and fired it. (ON LEORIC) It was not well done and
against my conscience...but I did it. Not for Meriet's
sake...not for my own flesh and blood...(ON CADFAEL) That
is the real shame. But to preserve that worthless thing...
CADFAEL No, honor is not worthless. But you sought to
protect a family name. And a name alone, has no worth at all.
LEORIC I know...I know.
CADFAEL LEANS IN TOWARD HIM.
CADFAEL Then you must think clearly now.(ECU ON
CADFAEL) Did Clemence leave your house that morning? That
ECU ON LEORIC
LEORIC He broke his fast and left. What of it?
ECU ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL Yet both you and Meriet said that the man was
killed in evening. Some six hours later....six hours? To ride
three miles (A LITTLE IRRITATED)...
ECU ON LEORIC
CADFAEL (CONTINUED)...You do not find that
LEORIC I do not see its import.
ECU ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL You did not see, Meriet kill. You merely saw
him move a dead man---a man who might have died six hours
before. You assumed his guilt.
ECU ON LEORIC
LEORIC Why would he yield and accept all if he had an
answer for me?
CADFAEL Because the answer he had for you would have
been to hard for you to bear.(ON LEORIC, THEN BACK ON
CADFAEL) Surely, for love! I doubt he had his proper fill of
love all his life. But those who do hunger for it, do sometimes,
most and best, deliver it.
LEORIC I have loved him. But he's always so
troublesome a soul...always going to the contrary.
CADFAEL Going contrary is one way to get your notice!
(ON CADFAEL) Obedience...virtue go unregarded. (TAKES
LEORIC Oh, let that be!
ECU ON LEORIC
LEORIC (CONTINUES) He resented Clemence. As he
resents everything...His simmering bile is a curse! (HE TAKES
ECU ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL He did not kill!
ECU ON LEORIC
LEORIC Then...who did?
LEORIC SLAMS GOBLET ON THE TABLE AND GETS UP GOES TO HIS
ON CADFAEL; STILL SITTING
CADFAEL Who does he love most in this world? Most
admire and respect? Who has shown him most kindness through the
years? (ON LEORIC) There are two sons at Ashby...not one
you are apt to think.
LEORIC Do you suggest that....TRISTAN
murdered...murdered Clemence? You are gone mad!
CADFAEL Oh, oh I see!(ON CADFAEL NOW STANDING)
Impossible for your heir and darling! Yet instantly believable
of his brother!...In this world all men are fallible. (HE
MOVES TOWARD LEORIC)...and all things are possible, Merriets
bile may simmer. but he does nothing by halves...his
self-sacrifice is total! It consumes him like a fire---and it
preserves you all...Tristan, the brother he loves from hanging,
Roseanna the woman he loved, or thought he loved...from
OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT OF LEORIC
CADFAEL (CONTINUES) The father who loved him
LEORIC Oh...I...I must go to Sergeant Warden.
ON THEM BOTH
CADFAEL (STOPS HIM FROM LEAVING) You must go to
Father Abbot's supper...and say nothing...and tomorrow...you
must let Tristan wed in peace. Because as you were mistaken, so
too, Meriet might have been. Even now...we do not know the
THE DOOR OPENS OFF CAMERA
ISOBEL (OFF CAMERA) Brother Cadfael! (PAN TO
DOOR) Oh! Uncle! I'm sorry.
LEORIC LEAVES WITHOUT A WORD, TAKING A SHAWL...ISOBEL
ISOBEL (near whispering) I found it!
CUT TO: EXT. GARDEN AREA - NIGHT
Meriet is sitting near the entrance to a doorway...Cadfael
is standing by him..and Isobel comes from within. Cadfael waves
her out into the garden area.
ISOBEL How goes it with you, brother?
MERIET Why are you here?
ISOBEL I will ask the questions..(SHE SITS NEXT TO
HIM)Why did you confess to murdering Clemence?
MERIET Because he insulted and provoked----!
ISOBEL (CONTINUES) You are your father's son! (ON
THEM BOTH) You could not murder..least of all a cousin! Open
your eyes, Meriet! (SHE TOUCHES HIS FACE) See the truth
of what you are saving... and what you are throwing away. (SHE
KISSES HIM) Tell me...why is Newark no ordinary place?
MERIET (OFF CAMERA) Newark!....Why? (BACK ON
ISOBEL Because Roseanna calls it so. She has strange
high hopes there, raised by Janyn. Why Janyn?
MERIET Perhaps because, we, are family own a manor
there...which is to be Tristan and Roseanna's future home. What
ON CADFAEL AGAIN
CADFAEL It has a castle on the river Trent...a fine
stout place...sometimes called the "Key to the North" (ON
MERIET AND ISOBEL) Forms part of a chain that runs east to
west.(BACK ON CADFAEL)...with Lincoln, Nottingham and
SOMETHING DAWNS IN CADFAEL'S MEMORY: ON MERIET AND ISOBEL
ISOBEL It is plain! A great to and fro of weighty men
and clerics.(ON CADFAEL) It will suit Roseanna most
excellantly. ON ISOBEL AND MERIET ISOBEL (CONTINUES) But
why Tristan? And why Janyn?
CADFAEL A King...who holds that chain...can rule
ON MERIET....WHO DOES NOT SMILE AT THIS
CUT TO: INT. OF THE ABBEY--
CLOSE ON FACES OF THE SINGING MONKS--- THEY ARE SINGING IN
LATIN--CAMERA PANS DOWN EACH FACE WE SEE THEY ARE ALL IN A
ROW...CADFAEL NEXT TO AN ELDERLLY MONK ...BROTHER JEROME...AND
NEXT TO HIM PRIOR ROBERT. LONG SHOT REVEALS IT IS THE CLERIC
PROCESSION...IN BACKGROUND WE SEE CANON ELUARD..BEHIND HIM IS
ABBOT RUDULPHUS.A CONGREGATION IS SEEN IN FOREGROUND....BELLS
BEGIN TO RING AS THE MONKS BREAKŪRANKS BEHIND THE ABBOTT AND
ELUARD. THEY ALL COME TOWARD AND TURN LEFT INTO THE NEXT ROOM.
THE ABBOT GIVES THE SIGN OF THE CROSS TO A FEW OF THE
CONGREGATION AT ONE SIDE OF THE AISLE. BEHIND THEM WE SEE THE
WEDDING PROCESSION....TRISTAN IS HAND TO HAND WITH ROSEANNA AS
THEY TURN LEFT ALSO.. BEHIND THEM IS ISOBEL...AN UNSMILING
LEORIC AND JANYAN.................... CAMERA PANS LEFT PASSED
THE CROWD TO TWO MONKS STANDING AT HIDING BEHIND PILLARS...THEY
ARE MERIET AND BROTHER OSWIN.
CUT TO INT. OF ROOM...AS ALL GO IN...ELUARD AND THE ABBOT
STOP AND TURN AND WAIT FOR ROSEANNA AND TRISTAN.
ISOBEL Your cloak Roseanna...the cloisters are
chilly..(SHE PUTS THE CLOAK ON HER)
ELUARD One moment! (HE LIFTS THE BROOCH) A rare
and beautiful thing you have there. Where did you get it?
ON ROSEANNA...SHE LOOKS TRAPPED...SHE GRABS FOR IT.
ROSEANNA It--It was gift, sir, from a kinsman.
ELUARD Strange. For it is the exact same one my Bishop
gave to his favorite clerk... Peter Clemence...who is now dead.
LONG SHOT OF ALL
TRISTAN Sir...It cannot be!
ROSEANNA No...it cannot. (ON THE ABBOT WHO LOOKS
SURPRISED)You are mistaken.(BACK ON ELUARD)
ELUARD There is no other quite like it. They are made
to be unique...(ON ROSEANNA) As your beauty is unique.
ON THEM ALL
ELUARD Will you step through....Close the door!
ALL GO THROUGH EXCEPT THE YOUNG JANYN, WHO HURRYS OUT THE
WAY THEY CAME IN.
INT. THE NEXT ROOM..ELUARD QUICKLY SHUTS THE DOOR AND
BRISKLY GOES OVER TO ROSEANNA AND LIFTS THE BROOCH OFF OF THE
ELUARD Who gave you this?(ON ISOBEL)
ROSEANNA Meriet---Meriet Ashby.
CLOSE ON ELUARD
ROSEANNA (off camera) He---He kept following
me around with his dog eyes...I did not want his gifts. But I
took it to be kind to him. (LEORIC MOVES AROUND BEHIND HER)
I could I know where he got it?
LEORIC When did he make you this gift?
ROSEANNA The day after Clemence left Ashby...the day
after he was killed. He came to me at home and pressed me to
LEORIC Be careful what you say, girl I know this
cannot be true! Meriet was a prisoner in my house that day. I
had him under lock and key...Who gave you this? (HE GRABS IT
FROM ELUARD AND THRUSTS UP TO HER FACE)...Was it Tristan? (SHE
TURNS LIKE A FRIGHTEN CAT TO TRISTAN..WHO LOOKS BACK AT
HER...SHE TURNS BACK CRYING LOOKING AT LEORIC)...No...It
was...It was my brother Janyn. She begins to bawl.
CUT TO: THE STABLES....
JANYN IS SADDLING A HORSE...MERIET HOBBLES INTO THE STABLE
MERIET Janyn...why are you leaving in such haste? It
is breach of etiquette.
JANYN You'll either have your etiquette breached
Brother, or your guts! (MERIET PUTS HIS HANDS ON HIS
SHOULDERS) One cleric is much like another!
MERIET COMES AT HIM AND THEY BEGIN TO WRESTLE TO THE
GROUND...THE HORSE IS WHINNING IN PROTEST....THEY ROLL AROUND AS
MERIET TRYS KEEP JANYN FROM GOING. JANYN THROWS MERIET OUT OF
THE STABLE MAKING MERIET LAND ON HIS BAD LEG...HE YELPS IN
PAIN...OSWIN THEN JUMPS IN.....
HE GRABS JANYN AND THE FIGHT ENSUES AGAIN. JANYN GETS THE
BEST OF OSWIN...AS MERIET STRUGGLES TO GET TO HIS FEET...HE
LUNGES AT JANYN WHO STICKS HIS FOOT UP AND PUSHES MERIET BACK
AGAIN TO THE GROUND ON THE BAD LEG. OSWIN PICKS HIMSELF UP AND
GRABS A RAKE AS JANYN FLAILS AT HIM WITH A BRIDLE. JANYN PUSHES
THE MONK UP AGAINST THE STABLE WITH THE HANDLE OF THE RAKE AT
THE MONK'S NECK....CADFAEL COMES FROM BEHIND AND PUTS A CHOKE
HOLD ON JANYN, CAUSING THEM BOTH TO GO THE GROUND.
ON MERIET: NOW GETTING UP AND GOING TOWARD THEM
JANYN (BREATHLESS) Do not monks, foreswear
CADFAEL KEEPS HIS GRIP AND TURNS TO OSWIN
CADFAEL Well done, Oswin. (ON OSWIN) Go and get
CADFAEL LOOKS UP AT MERIET
MERIET (OFF CAMERA) You killed Peter Clemence!
(ON MERIET) But why?
ON CADFAEL AND JANYN
CADFAEL I think his friends...the northern barons were
gathered at Chester...hmm? Plotting against King Stephen?
Carving England in half? (LOOKING AT MERIET) How could he
allow poor Clemence to blunder in on that?
MERIET And you were all in on this...you...and
ON CADFAEL AND JANYN ON THE GROUND
JANYN The Earl of Chester promised much to those
prepared to risk. Better hang than stay Lords of Dunghills!
MERIET But murder? Clemence was family!
JANYN Your family...Meriet...not mine!
MERIET LOOKS CONFUSED AND DISAPPOINTED AT HIS COUSIN
SERGEANT WARDEN FINALLY ARRIVES AND TAKES JANYN INTO CUSTODY
WARDEN I'll take him, Brother.
CUT TO: INT. ABBEY OFFICES--
ELUARD IS FINGERING THE BROOCH.
TRISTAN (OFF CAMERA) He said he went to delay
CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL THE ABBOT AND CADFAEL BEHIND
TRISTAN (CONTINUES) But then came home and told
us what he had done.
ON TRISTAN AND ROSEANNA SITTING TOGETHER
TRISTAN (continues) And he was all for leaving
him...lying in the track like a dead fox. But I lack Janyn's
MEDIUM THREE SHOT OF ELUARD, FATHER ABBOT AND CADFAEL
TRISTAN (OFF CAMERA) ...and besides, Clemence
was a kinsman. He deserved at least a burial. (CLOSE ON
out I went and found him...and then the nightmare. Meriet
upon me. Blood was on my hands---he clearly thought from my
deed. (ON ROSEANNA) And then father's hounds crashing
through behind us. "Go!" cries Meriet (BACK ON TRISTAN)..."go
get clear from here...I will do what must be done...(ON THE
ABBOTT..WHO LOOKS TO CADFAEL) It is not just steel I
lack...Brother (ON CADFAEL) ..but courage...(ON
ELUARD)...honor...(ON TRISTAN) Strength of heart..I
fled. (THREE SHOT OF ROOM) I fled....But God sees all is
that not true?
ON ELUARD, CADFAEL AND THE ABBOT
CADFAEL As clearly as we may see inside ourselves.
LEORIC OPENS THE DOOR AND LEAVES.
ROSEANNA Master Canon? What is to become of my husband
and me...whose only true sin is to be led astray?
ELUARD Well....(CLOSE ON ELUARD)..I am not
moved by a lady's soft smile..Mistress Ashby. You have known of
murder and kept silent...You have plotted treason. Those are
your true sins. But if there is treason in the North...at least
now the King may act upon it...and he is sometimes, a more
forgiving man than I. (ON ROSEANNA) For that...and for
your lives I suggest you pray.
ROSEANA LOOKS TO TRISTAN...CAMERA PANS DOWN AS THEY HOLD
CUT TO: INT. CHAPEL SANCTUARY
MERIET IS AT LONG SHOT AT THE ALTER...LEORIC ENTERS PAST
CAMERA AND WALKS DOWN THE AISLE TO HIM. LEORIC STANDS LOOKING
DOWN AT HIS SON.
LEORIC I...I said to Brother Cadfael that this murder
was the end of time for me. Well, now I hope it will be a new
beginning. I have misprized you Meriet...from the very day that
you were born. (HE KNEELS BESIDE HIM) Forgive me.
MERIET The fault is not all yours, Father. No man
could have a more irksome son.
THEY TEARFULLY EMBRACE.
LEORIC Come home
MERIET (SOBBING) Yes! Yes! Yes!
CUT TO: EXT. CHURCHYARD - DAY
WE HEAR CHAINS RATTLING....JANYN COMES OUT BOUND BY
CHAINS. WARDEN IS BEHIND HIM...ELUARD AND OTHERS BY THE GATE.
WARDEN STOPS BY ELUARD AND CADFAEL...AS JANYN IS LED THROUGH THE
GATE BY WARDEN'S DEPUTIES...
ELUARD Sergeant? I trust you thanked the Brothers for
their part in this?
WARDEN My Lord?
ELUARD And will ensure King Harald is released.
WARDEN My Lord...
CADFAEL I thank you for that.
WARDEN LEAVES...ELLUARD WATCHES HIM GO
ELUARD We will have a hanging after all.., and Janyn's
neck will stretch far better.
HE TURNS AND IS LED AWAY BY THE ABBOT
CUT TO: INT. CADFAEL'S COTTAGE - DAY
CADFAEL IS AT HIS BENCH, CRUSHING HERBS FOR MEDICINAL
PURPOSES...AT THE DOOR MERIET HOBBLES IN ON A CRUTCH...
MERIET I came to thank you, Brother...for all that you
MERIET OUTSTRETCHES HIS HANDS AND CADFAEL COMES AND HUGS
MERIET (CONTINUES) You have been more father to
me, than brother.
CLOSE ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL Well---I thank you for the compliment.
MERIET If you had a son, he would be truly blessed.
CADFAEL So should I. You have spoken to your true
MERIET I have. There is hope for both of us.
CADFAEL Well, then off you go! Your vocation is
ISOBEL CAN BE SEEN IN BACKGROUND WAITING
MERIET And yours is truly here?
ON CADFAEL CLOSE
CADFAEL Oh yes...it is. And not merely from atonement
and weariness. In middle life, you too, may stop and look inside
yourself and wonder "What now?".(ON MERIET) I was ripe
for change...and I find that change refreshing.
ISOBEL COMES CLOSER
MERIET I shall be married then with twelve children.
ISOBEL We will see about the twelve. (THEY LAUGH)
God keep you, Brother Cadfael.
CADFAEL I hope he will.
MERIET AND ISOBEL GO ARM IN ARM AND TURN AND LEAVE HIS
CLOSE ON CADFAEL
CADFAEL (TO HIMSELF) I hope he will....
FADE TO BLACK
Stan Blumenthal December 1, 1999