At this point, Ambrosio is super [BEEP]ing messed up. In order to gain access to Antonia, he goes to her house in the middle of the night. Just when he is about to violate the sleeping Antonia, Elvira walks in the room and quite understandably, flies into a rage. When she says she will ruin him with his secret, he sees no choice but to kill her.
This section could bee the weirdest – at least it is so far. It starts out innocently enough, with Raymond resolving to find Agnes and Lorenzo trying to get on Antonia’s good side. Meanwhile, Ambrosio and Matilda are still at it. There were two things I found interesting about this. On page 224, Matilda says, “Unnatural are your vows of celibacy; Man was not created for such a state”
The second section of The Monk is the backstory of Raymond, also known as Marquis de las Cisternas, who just happens to be in love with Lorenzo’s sister, Agnes.
After leaving university in Spain, Raymond goes country-hopping: first to Paris, then Germany. Germany is where he finds himself in a pickle.
This week, we’ve started reading The Monk by Matthew Lewis – not Neville Longbottom – different guy, same name. Here’s a rundown of the first section: