The Chaplain took no heed, but, going to the tent door, called aloud.
Between himself and the Roman Catholic Chaplain of the Irish contingent lay, as Bennett believed, an unbridgeable gulf, but it was noticeable that whenever the Church of England dealt with a human problem she was very likely to call in the Church of Rome.
Kim settled himself composedly on the Chaplain's cot.
"And how came we to have you here?" asked the chaplain paternally.
"This is too much!" cried the chaplain, striking petulantly at one of Fra Angelico's angels.
Under the chaplain's guidance they selected many hideous presents and mementoes-- florid little picture-frames that seemed fashioned in gilded pastry; other little frames, more severe, that stood on little easels, and were carven out of oak; a blotting book of vellum; a Dante of the same material; cheap mosaic brooches, which the maids, next Christmas, would never tell from real; pins, pots, heraldic saucers, brown art-photographs; Eros and Psyche in alabaster; St.
There were lockers all round, and Wilson, the sham chaplain
, knocked one of them in, and pulled out a dozen of brown sherry.
Bridgets-- starched up into seeming piety, but with heads full of something very different--especially if the poor chaplain
were not worth looking at--and, in those days, I fancy parsons were very inferior even to what they are now."
"Yet they have souls, fair lady, they have souls!" murmured the chaplain, a white-haired man with a weary, patient face.
Tristram, this chaplain of yours seems to me to be a worthy man, and you should give heed to his words, for though I care nothing for the curse of a bad pope, it would be a grief to me to have aught but a blessing from a good priest."
'It's an aggravating thing, just as we got the beds so snug,' said the chaplain, looking at three dirty mattresses, each rolled up in a blanket; which occupied one corner of the room during the day, and formed a kind of slab, on which were placed an old cracked basin, ewer, and soap-dish, of common yellow earthenware, with a blue flower--'very aggravating.'
'And drink it on the spot,' said the chaplain. 'Now!'