THE COMMON ROOM
A proud former religious superior, newly retired and fighting for his dignity at a retirement home for monks, meets up with an old, vengeful nemesis - and an old flame.
The only bright spot for Erminus is when Nadia Goodloe, former owner of the mansion, visits The Manor one day as a ploy by Giles to beg her for money. Nadia bumps into Erminus in the common room, where they first met years ago when Erminus was negotiating with Nadia for sale of the mansion to his order, during which time Erminus and Nadia had a torrid love affair. Nadia tries to rekindle that romance, but Erminus refuses, as he did the first time, because of his vows.
As some of the retirees continue to die around him, winter begins to set in. Erminus himself becomes sick, but Giles refuses to give Erminus necessary medicine. Didymus tries to nurse Erminus back to health, so Nadia manages to smuggle in the medicine when she finds out Giles’ intentions.
In the spring, Erminus recovers enough from his sickness to challenge Giles’ authority, but he also must decide once again whether to remain faithful to his vows or leave the order for his own sake and for that of Nadia.