I’m pretty sure not, but that was the first question that jumped into my mind, lunchtime yesterday.
Remember I recently reviewed Simon Toyne’s excellent debut novel, Sanctus? I drew favourable comparisons with Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, including the use of assassin monks. I had only recently been thinking about this book, so imagine my surprise when a monk came into the canteen yesterday lunchtime, ordered pie and beans (I know, no chips!) and sat at an adjacent table.
Now monks may be commonplace where you live, but I can’t remember the last time I saw one. In fact, other than Friar Tuck on Robin Hood, I can’t remember ever seeing one. And is a Friar a monk anyway?
I casually snapped a photo on my phone (must get a better phone that takes better photos) and am posting it here for all to see. I have disguised the monk’s face. If he is an assassin I don’t want him trying to track me down for compromising his mission.
On the other hand, if he isn’t supposed to eat pie and beans on a Friday, I don’t want him to get into trouble for that, either.