St. Teresa of Avila - An older member of a 16th century Carmelite monastery given the task of writing a discourse on prayer.
The Beloved - Most commonly a reference to God in the book.
The Spirit of Evil - The characters that try to tempt seeking souls away from their paths of contemplation and devotion.
The Butterfly - The analogy of the seeking soul which undergoes a metamorphosis as it moves into the deeper dwellings of the castle.
Poisonous Reptiles - The vile creatures that creep around outside the castle and creep occasionally into the exterior dwellings to tempt souls away from their devotional lives.
The wise man - The one who suggested that women understand better how to communicate complicated ideas to other women, and so requested Teresa write a dissertation on the subject of prayer.
Spiritual Advisers - Those a contemplating soul should seek...
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