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Father's House are many mansions. . . .
Remember that. Miss Camaby."
As they left the presence. Miss Camaby
murmured to her friend: "He really is a
very handsome man."
"Yes," said Emmeline Clegg. "And so
Miss Camaby agreed. It was true—
she had felt it -- an aura of unworldliness
-- of spirituality. . . .
She took a grip upon herself. She was
not here to fall a prey to the fascination, spiritual or otherwise, of the Great Shepherd.
She conjured up a vision of Hercule Poirot. He seemed very far away, and
curiously mundane. . . .
"Amy," said Miss Carnaby to herself. "Take a grip upon yourself. Remember
what you are here for. ..."
But as the days went on, she found herself
surrendering only too easily to the spell
of Green Hills. The peace, the simplicity, the delicious though simple food, the
beauty of the services with their chants of
Love and Worship, the simple moving
words of the Master, appealing to all that
was best and highest in humanity -- here
all the strife and ugliness of the world was
shut out. Here was only Peace and Love....
And tonight was the great summer
Festival, the Festival of the Full Pasture.
And at it, she, Amy Carnaby, was to become
initiated--to become one of the
The Festival took place in the white, glittering, concrete building, called by the
Initiates the Sacred Fold. Here the devotees
assembled just before the setting of
the sun. They wore sheepskin cloaks and
had sandals on their feet. Their arms were
bare. In the centre of the Fold on a raised
platform stood Dr. Andersen. The big man, golden-haired and blue-eyed, with
his fair beard and his handsome profile had
never seemed more compelling. He was
dressed in a green robe and carried a
shepherd's crook of gold.
He raised this aloft and a deathly silence
fell on the assembly. "Where are my sheep ?" The answer came from the crowd. "We are here, 0
Shepherd." "Lift up your hearts with joy and
thanksgiving. This is the Feast of Joy." "The Feast of Joy and we are joyful."
"There shall be no more sorrow for you, no more pain. All is joy!" "All is joy... ." "How many heads has
the Shepherd ?" "Three heads, a head of gold, a head of
silver, a head of sounding brass."
"How many bodies have the Sheep ?" "Three bodies, a body of flesh, a body of
corruption, and a body of light.n
"How shall you be sealed in the Flock ?"
"By the Sacrament of Blood."
"Are you prepared for that Sacrament?" "We are."
"Bind your eyes and hold forth your
The crowd obediently bound their eyes
with the green scarves provided for the
purpose. Miss Carnaby, like the rest held
her arm out in front of her. The Great Shepherd moved along the
lines of his Flock. There were little cries, moans of either pain or ecstasy.
Miss Carnaby, to herself, said f...
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