Grieved and worried, Manole was growing discouraged and was spending
many sleepless nights. One day towards twilight, he had a dream, a
ghastly dream which disturbed him greatly. He called his men
together and told them that he had received a message advising him
to wall a human being in the foundation of their building. The one
who was to be sacrificed should be a good person and his soul would
live in, and protect the building forever.
This was a very strange dream and a very cruel one.
Nevertheless, it made a deep impression on Manole and his men. The
more they worked without succeeding, the more they thought of the
day the ten men gathered and discussed their trouble; after which,
for the sake of the monastery, they agreed to make the sacrifice of
one of their own wivesóthe
one who happened to arrive first with food on the following Thursday. Wanting to sanctify their decision, Manole and his workmen
solemnly swore a great vow on bread, on salt, and on Holy Images.
They all promised.