Tuesday, 3 September 2013

There are other illustrated manuscripts

Ahmed has noticed that each week Gertrude brings a different illustration, each more revealing than the one before. He can no longer restrain his curiosity and asks the nun. She explains, “These are from the Tyrian scrolls. The complete Uncial collection. The convent’s most valuable possession. At that moment, Madam Cosima sweeps in. Gertrude hastily slips the manuscript under the table. “Rosetta, I have a gentleman who wishes to have a word.”  Meekly Rosetta follows her out. Ahmed asks to have another look, but Sister Gertrude is most discreet, but offers to bring him some less valuable but more salacious manuscripts.

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