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In his free time he still showed a love ofsolitude and preferred taking long walks with a book among the pinewoods of K ykko to sitting and gossiping at the cafe with the other monks. Opinion was that he would go far, but he expressed no particular ambition except to study in Athens. The Church of Cyprus was now in very poor shape and the Enosis movement at its lowest ebb. Two of the three bishops had 20 Makarios been deported after the 1931 disturbances. The third, Leontios Leontiou ofPaphos, had been no less militant than the others but he had escaped deportation because he was out of the island at the time of the riots; he was allowed to return the following year.

A demonstration was hastily organised and suddenly on the evening of 21 October a large crowd began to move towards Government House. It was led by the chief priest of the popular Phaneromeni Church - Dionysios Kykkotis (a 'graduate' of the monastery) who carried a Greek flag. The march had begun as an emotional gesture rather than an act of insurrection. There was nothing new in the people shouting 'Enosis' slogans. But when the police - who included Greeks as well as Turks - tried to disperse the crowd with their batons, tempers were lost, stones were thrown, blazing rags were pushed through the broken windows, and in a few minu tes the old pre-fabricated hut that had been sent out from England in 1878 to act as Government House went up in flames.

The new director of Kykko monastery school had introduced a livelier method ofinstruction than he had known there himself, but he soon found the environment too cramping for his energies. After a year of teaching the young novices he succeeded in getting himselfa ppoin ted to the post ofsecretary to the monas tery council, which had its offices at the Metokhi in Nicosia. Here, apart from attending to administrative matters at which he was most compe- Cloistered Monk 21 tent, he was able to urge upon his superiors his desire to go to Athens to study theology.

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