Taddeo discusses an experiment with Brother Kornhoer, mentioning the brother's gifts for conceiving of practical applications for his abstract theories.
He then offers Kornhoer an opportunity to work with him at the collegium.
Kornhoer is flattered, but he decides he's once a religious dude, and always a religious dude.
Taddeo mentions the collegium paying a stipend of a hundred gold hannegans… which is completely the wrong thing to say, given the current political climate.
Dom Paulo heads into the guesthouse, where a near-dead Brother Claret is having his wounds tended.
Claret, it turns out, smuggled a letter out of New Rome.
The letter is a proclamation by Hannegan calling the Pope a heretic. You know, because this guy collects enemies like Pokemon (gotta catch 'em all).
In the basement, Taddeo argues with Father Gault and others over the book of Genesis.
Gault says many of the monks "'feel that Genesis is more or less allegorical'" (22.57).
But Taddeo has uncovered a document that suggests a pre-Deluge race might have created Man itself. He speculates that maybe the Simplification was a rebellion by Man against this master race. (Someone's an Assassin's Creed fan.)
Dom Paulo has had enough. He demands to see this amazing reference, only to find that Taddeo didn't read the document closely enough.
He had merely discovered a fragment of a play.
Trivia Snack: the play is a reference to Karel Čapek's R.U.R.(Rossum's Universal Robots). R.U.R. is the story of a future society that creates robots to do labor, but the robots eventually rebel, causing the extinction of humanity.
It's a classic.
Anywho, Taddeo argues that his remarks were only conjecture, and that people must be allowed to speculate.
Dom Paulo agrees, but believes "'to abuse the intellect for reasons of pride, vanity, or escape from responsibility'" is a problem (22.100).
Yikes. What's he trying to say, huh?
Dom Paulo asks why Taddeo wants to "dehumanize[e] the last civilization," but Taddeo yells that the Memorabilia should be in competent hands (22.102).
Wow. Open mouth; insert foot.
And with that, the arc lamp is put out, and Brother Kornhoer returns with the crucifix for Dom Paulo to put in its place.
When he descends the ladder, he tells Taddeo to give a message to the collegium. Anyone who wishes to study at the abbey may do so.
Later, a knock comes on the abbot's study door. It's Thon Taddeo. He has taken the sketches of the abbey's fortifications and is giving them to Dom Paulo.
They shake hands, but Dom Paulo "[knows] that it was no token of any truce but only of mutual respect between foes" (22.148).
That same year, the states of Denver and Texarkana make and break a deal.
The old hermit resumes his wanderings, and the Leibowitz Abbey buries their abbot.