By Ellis Peters
Within the sizzling, dry August of 1141, England continues to be torn by way of civic strife. Amidst the carnage the Abbey of Hyde Meade is completely destroyed; its resident brothers dispersed, discovering safe haven within the Abbey of Shrewsbury. yet Brother Cadfael realizes that of those refugees are usually not all that they seem like.
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No one really thinks they're mad, I'm sure. " "Yes. I realize it's a jest, or mostly a jest. " She paused, then went on. "And I guess we are. It's just infuriating that what makes us odd in their eyes is that we care more for knowledge than for one's skill at sitting a horse, say, or making social chitchat. We are odd because we care about people who are not in the same class--indeed, we are branded exceedingly peculiar because we don't like the idea of class at all. I am mad because I prefer to be called Miss Moreland instead of Lady Olivia Moreland.
Olivia sagged slightly with disappointment, then stood up, telling herself not to be a fool. What had she thought was going to happen, anyway? Whatever fancy hairstyle Joan might give her, she would remain the sort of woman a man did not desire. " Stephen asked, his voice neutral, his gaze turned slightly away from Olivia. " "Yes. " She was not a good rider, and as a result, she rarely went, but she could not bring herself to turn down the invitation. "Very good, then. " Olivia nodded. His invitation meant nothing, she told herself.
Stephen's brows rushed together, and he drew breath to speak, but Olivia quickly laid her hand on his arm. "Lady St. " She turned to Stephen with a warning look as she continued. "Nor does he want to frighten away the spirits. He is merely concerned about you. " "Yes, of course," Stephen agreed grudgingly. " "Of course not. Poor boy. " Olivia felt Stephen's arm tense under her hand, but he clenched his jaw and kept quiet. Olivia turned back toward the medium, and as she did so, she saw Lady Pamela looking at Olivia's hand on Stephen's arm.
An Excellent Mystery (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, Book 11) (UK Edition) by Ellis Peters