Having reached the end of my poor sinner's life... my
of Our Lord, 1327.
(William and Adso arrive at the abbey)
May my hand not tremble now that I start
we entered the battlements.
Should we tell him?
No. He will look in the wrong places.
You overestimate his talents, my lord
abbot. There's only one authority capable
of investigating such matters.
... The holy Inquisition.
What is your opinion, Venerable Jorge?
Dear brethren, I leave such worldly
matters to younger men.
first learn to obey it. Hmm?
So, return to the forecourt, get the
edificium on your left... enter the
quadrangle on you right, you'll find
But you told me you'd never been to
When we arrived, I saw a brother making
for the spot in some haste.
I noticed, however, that he emerged more
slowly with an air of contentment.
Thank you, master.
(sees a crow at the graveyard)
honored to welcome you and your Franciscan
brothers to our abbey.
The other delegates, they have arrived?
weeks. The others are due tomorrow.
No. Not particularly.
I trust you're not in need of anything?
No. Thank you.
Well... then I... I bid you peace.
I'm sorry to see one of your brethern
(surprised) ... Yes, a terrible loss.
Brother Adelmo was one of our finest
Not Adelmo of Otranto?
You knew him?
No, but I knew and admired his work.
infamous. But he was said to be a young
Ah, yes. Yes, very young indeed.
An accident, no doubt?
Yes. Yes, as you say, an accident.
Well, that is, I...
Brother William... may I speak to you
You seem most anxious to do so.
"Here," I said, "is a man who has knowledge,
of the evil one."
This is my novice, Adso... the youngest son
of the Baron of Melk.
Please, do continue.
at the foot of the tower... under a window,
which was... How shall I say this?
Somebody told you?
concluded that he'd fallen.
opened... nor was the glass shattered...
natural explanation, your monks suspect
That's why I need the counsel of an acute
uncovering and prudent, if necessary, in...
in such matters.
my dilemma, but... unless I can put the
minds of my flock at rest, I will have
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