Reblogged from Jim Webster at Tallis Steelyard:
It has to be said that I never heard this tale of Maljie’s past from the lady in person. This one I had from Laxey, the sub-Hierodeacon. It has to be confessed that like Temple Wardens, the various levels of the hierodeaconate are chosen not for their overwhelming spirituality, but because they are useful when it comes to hewing wood, drawing water, and intimidating the inappropriately rumbustious. Still, Laxey told me this story, shortly before he disappeared on a week-long silent retreat. Given that there may have been fasting involved, it could be that his superiors considered the exercise to be more penitential than spiritual.
This tale, if I understand Laxey aright, probably comes during the period after Maljie’s mother had inadvertently misplaced both husband and fortune. Because of this oversight on her part the family were forced to relocate to less salubrious surroundings. Notwithstanding the family’s failing fortunes, Maljie’s mother seems to have decided to keep up standards, and amongst the possessions she managed to salvage from her old home was ‘the bath.’
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