| Quote #4
Or, my scrofulous French novel
The speaker owns a "scrofulous," or morally corrupt, French novel. Why would a monk, who has sworn a vow of chastity, own an erotic novel? Especially one that would get you in trouble with the demon Belial after a single glance? ("Gripe," by the way, means grip here.)
| Quote #5
If I double down its pages
The speaker is awfully familiar with this erotic French novel... he knows exactly what page has the really naughty parts in it. It's like the one book in the school library with a sex scene in it that always falls open right to that page.