It's weird to envision these priests in this formal, Catholic-type religion wearing these animal furs, like a shaman or something. I don't know how much choice they have in the way of garments, especially in desert regions where cotton and suchlike wouldn't grow, but still... weird mental image!
"Baronial stock from Denver"... a hint at a return to a sort of feudal system type setup, perhaps? It seems in many ways, the world has devolved back to the middle ages!
Hah, now the old man in the desert is definitely starting to take on more significance. Except that if it's actually centuries after the Flame Deluge, it obviously can't be Leibowitz... unless it's his spirit, or "sending," or whatever... and I don't know yet if this is supposed to be that type of book!
Um... strapping novices on the bare buttocks? Man, that... just... nevermind. (I imagine if it were written today, it'd be intended to mean something, but back in the 50s? I dunno!)
Yeah. Francis definitely isn't All That Bright. Maybe the Abbot should draw him some nice pictures...? I feel like I should like him (Francis that is), but I think I'd just be too aggravated if I knew him in real life, and that's getting in the way.
"I can tell you that the Reverend Father Abbot has ordered the entire novitiate to drop the subject." This is a bit odd coming just after it says that the Abbot is the type not to undermine his own authority by giving commands that can easily be disobeyed, and can't be enforced!
Okay, I'm trying to figure out what a "sport" is in this society. I thought at first it was just the old man using a colloquial term like we'd use these days, "hey sport!"... but Francis seems to be using it to mean something specific, alongside "monster-born". Hum.
Poor Francis though. Not allowed to profess his vows, just because he's too much an idiot to pick up on the Abbot's... I don't know if "subtleties" is the right word, since they're not subtle for most of us (I'd think), but seem to be too subtle for Francis!
"The White Palace"... the White House, I presume? It seems odd though that they'd know that much about it, that it's a white building, and not know the proper name. But oh well, who knows how things might become garbled.
Aaah, chapter six. I wondered if we were going to get a bit more direct backstory on the "Flame Deluge." I guess so, even if it's through the eyes of the book's present day society. Of course, not doing it through their eyes would be too much of a jarring note.
Hm, okay, at least I'm seeing a bit more reason behind the simplification I guess, although it still seems a bit weird to cut off any chance of semi-quickly regaining some sort of society and comfort. But once you've gone that long and so harshly without... At least it's more plausible.