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His only friends are the statues and gargoyles in the belfry, who come to life in his mind.
If this were indeed a Dan Brown movie, then Jacques would soon uncover a secret conspiracy involving Satan, gargoyles, some mumbo-jumbo about the Illuminati and lots of evil priests speaking Latin.
And each year on Halloween, Zane and Aidan, and a hundred neighbors circle his house to see all the skeletons and pumpkins that gallivant as a gargoyle rides her.
All that’s left is to shame the universe of ghouls and gargoyles publicly.
Its stone structure is crumbling and its gargoyles are damaged, but the cost of repairs goes far beyond the $2.4 million annual budget allocated by the French government.
Many of its snarling gargoyles are so corroded that they have been whisked out of sight, replaced by PVC pipes.
One recent Friday afternoon, a sculptor was working on a Trump-faced gargoyle.
The new ink includes gargoyles, skeletons and archways across his rib case and stomach area.
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In the 12th century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux reportedly complained about the new sculptures in the cloisters where he lived. "Surely," he is quoted as saying, "if we do not blush for such absurdities we should at least regret what we have spent on them." St. Bernard was apparently provoked by the grotesque figures designed to drain rainwater from buildings. By the 13th century, those figures were being called "gargoyles," a name that came to Middle English from the Old French gargoule. The stone beasts may have earned that name because of the water that gargled out of their throats and mouths.
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