Just after the traveller left he found The Book. If it was not already very light he might have run outside, risked being seen, and returned it.
‘No, if it’s important he will come back,’ thought the monster. ‘And anyway, perhaps I can learn how to read.’
But you should never learn how to read with a Book of Spells.
Was just testing out a new tool on a scrap of printing paper.
New version. Hopefully with more detail
Etching ink, EE (very soft) pencil, multi-line scratching tool.