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A Canticle for Leibowitz Chapter 9

By Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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Chapter 9

  • A few months after Aguerra, the devil's advocate, Monsignor Flaught, pops in for a little friendly interrogation. Flaught, of course, is the guy who's out to prove that Leibowitz is not a saint.
  • Flaught is way more hardnosed than Aguerra, but he gets the same story out of Francis.
  • Like his predecessor, Flaught also asks to see the illuminated copy. He finds the imagery vivid and comments that Francis has much work still to go. That's it.
  • The years pass, and Leibowitz is officially recognized as a Saint.
  • Arkos informs Francis that they both have been invited to attend the canonization but, since Arkos's health is poor, Francis will have to make the journey himself.
  • He's also been asked to bring both the original blueprint and his illuminated copy to the ceremony.
  • Francis leaps for joy. Just kidding. He faints.
  • But you saw that coming, didn't you?

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