By Muriel Spark
An election is held on the abbey of Crewe and the recent girl abbess takes up her excessive place of work with implacable serenity.
this can be a satirical myth approximately ecclesiastical and different kinds of politics. the writer has additionally written The leading of pass over Jean Brodie and Girls of slim Means.
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Felicity weeps loudly and is led from the room by way of Bathildis, who says vulgarly, ‘It was once a put-up activity. ’ during this approach the incident is closed, and the 2 Jesuit rookies advised, and the police implored by means of attractive Alexandra to admire the holiness of the nuns’ cloistered lives through refraining from creating a scandal. Respectfully the policemen withdraw, status by means of with due reverence whereas Walburga, Alexandra and Mildred cleared the path from the parlour. open air the door stands Winifrede. ‘What a bungle! ’ she says. ‘Nonsense,’ says Walburga quick. ‘Our solid acquaintances, those officials the following, have bungled not anything. They comprehend completely. ’ ‘Young humans nowadays, Sisters…’ says the elder policeman. They positioned the 2 younger Jesuits in a police automobile to take them again to their seminary. As quietly as they could in all probability pass, they cross. just a small piece appears to be like in a single of the day-by-day papers, after which basically within the first version. however, Alexandra‘s cousins, Walburga’s sisters and Mildred’s significant relations connections, with no the slightest prompting, and never even troubling to question the actual fact, weigh in with quiet ferocity to guard their injured family members nuns. First at the cell after which, softly, mildly, within the seclusion of a men’s membership and the demure drawing-room of a very good residence those staunch households privately and potently item to the little newspaper tale that is entitled ‘Jesuit newcomers at the Spree’. A Catholic spokesman is made of the clouds of nowhere to be quoted via all to the influence that the tale is a gross exaggeration, that it really is ungallant, that it bears the heavy mark of spiritual prejudice and that truly those candy nuns shouldn't be maligned. those nuns, it's mentioned, in the end would not have the correct of answer, and this declare, by no means validated, is the best of all arguments. besides, the tale fades into nearly not anything; it's only a newspaper clipping mendacity on Alexandra’s little table. ‘Jesuit newbies at the Spree’, and some merry paragraphs of ways pupil Jesuits gatecrashed the enclosed Abbey of Crewe and stole a nun’s thimble. ‘They did it for a bet,’ defined Father Baudouin, assistant head of the Jesuit university. Denying that the police have been concerned, Father Baudouin acknowledged that the incident used to be closed. ‘Why in hell,’ calls for Alexandra, within the presence of Winifrede, Walburga and Mildred, ‘did they take her thimble? ’ ‘They broke in twice,’ Winifrede says in her monotone of lament. ‘The evening sooner than they have been stuck and the evening they have been stuck. They got here first to survey the scene and attempt the power of access, they usually took the thimble as an explanation they’d performed so. Fathers Baudouin and Maximilian have been chuffed and accordingly they got here subsequent evening for the love-letters. It used to be —’ ‘Winifrede, let’s pay attention no more,’ Walburga says. ‘Alexandra is to be blameless of the main points. No particular goods, please. ’ ‘Well,’ says obstinate Winifrede, ‘she used to be simply asking why the hell —’ ‘Alexandra has stated no such thing,’ Walburga menaces. ‘She stated not anything of the kind,’ Mildred is of the same opinion.