Barrows, Samuel J.
The isles and shrines of Greece — Boston, 1898

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Such faces I should like to look upon in some cloudy
day in my life, to rekindle my hope from a shining

About eight o'clock we sat down to dinner, con-
sisting of meat and vegetables, bread and wine. We
were four at the table, the Jiegoumcnos, the other
priest, Panagiotes and myself. The priests crossed
themselves and said Kakrjv opefyv. The Iiegoumenos
piled my plate high; as for the rest they took little
on their plates, but each with his fork hooked a piece
from the general dish. There was a suggestion of
New Testament communism and the paschal meal
when they took pieces of bread on their forks and
dipped them into the central platter.

In the evening I had a talk with the Jiegoumcnos
and with Panagiotes sitting on the veranda in the
moonlight and looking into the moonlit valley below.
We talked about the Greek Church and about the

" To become a member of the Greek Church"
said the hegonmeuos, " you must accept the faith of
the church according to the Gospel."

" What do you think of the old philosophers,
Socrates and Plato and the rest of them?" I asked.
"Did they go to punishment or to heaven?"

" I don 't know," he answered. He did not seem
to have any sharp belief on questions of eschatology
but Panagiotes promptly suggested: " I believe a
man who has lived a good life here will have a good
life there, and a man who has been bad here will be
bad there." I could not discover any anxiety as to
the fate of the heathen, and the prior seemed more
disturbed at the proposition in Athens to raise from
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