A young monk arrives at the monastery.
He is assigned to helping the other monks in
copying the old
canons and laws of the church by hand.
He notices, however, that all of the monks are
copies, not from the original manuscript.
So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to
pointing out that if someone made even a small
error in the
first copy, it would never be picked up!
In fact, that error would be continued in all
The head monk, says, 'We have been copying
from the copies
for centuries, but you make a good point, my
He goes down into the dark caves underneath
where the original manuscripts are held as
archives in a locked
vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of
by and nobody sees the old abbot . . .
So, the young monk gets worried and goes down
to look for him.
He sees him banging his head against the wall
His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he
The young monk asks the old abbot, 'What's
With A choking voice, the old abbot replies,
'The word was...