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British actor Alec Guinness (aka Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars) in Blessings in Disguise (Pleasantville NY: Akadine Press, 2001), pp. 38-39—
Mount Saint Bernard [Abbey, near Leicester, England], apart from its gardens, is not very prepossessing, having a flat-faced utilitarian look. My heart sank when I approached the gates; and I was nonplussed by the elderly, red-bearded Lay Brother who emerged from a wooden hut making wild but genial gestures towards me. He kept tapping his ear, pulling his nose and indulging in an extravagant deaf-and-dumb sort of language which I couldn't even guess at, let alone decipher. However, I must have caught the essentials of his gestures for when I repeated them, later in the day, to another monk he laughed and said, "Oh, he was only saying, 'Don't go down to the quarry today, they are about to make an explosion.' " The warning, it seemed to me, might just as well have been, "The bears are having a picnic."