Apparently monks used to place curses inside their books to discourage would-be thieves and negligent book borrowers.
In the book “Inkheart”, I found the curse that they placed inside books within the monastery of San Pedro, in Barcelona, Spain.
Check it out:
“For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not,
this book from its owner,
let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him.
Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted.
Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy,
and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution.
Let bookworms gnaw his entrails…
and when at last he goeth to his last punishment,
let the flames of hell consume him for ever.”
What do you reckon? Should I paste it inside all of my books?
Gosh, those monks were not to be crossed. But as a fellow booklover, I can understand their concerns.