While reading The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene, I don't fully understand the meaning of "belong" in these lines:
The stranger had left his book behind. It lay under his rocking-chair: a woman in Edwardian dress crouched sobbing upon a rug embracing a man's brown polished pointed shoes. He stood above her disdainfully with a little waxed moustache. The book was called La Eterna Martyr. After a time Mr. Tench picked it up. When he opened it he was taken aback-what was printed inside didn't seem to belong; it was Latin.
I'm considering these two options:
By its cover, the book seems to be a romance, but it is written in Latin: therefore cover and text don't match. Does "belong" refer in the sentence in bold to this fact?
- The idea of the book not being "appropiate" in such context: the protagonist, who is a catholic priest, is in Mexico where the government is attempting to suppress the Catholic Church. He decides to hide the book as he doesn't know what is it about. Being Latin, it could be a catholic text and he's is not looking for trouble. Is "belong" referring to this reality: the book being inappropiate as Catholicism is strictly banned there?