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Who is Parish Priest from Ourika: An English Translation and what is their importance?

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The parish priest is summoned to administer extreme unction to Ourika during her severe illness caused by the marquise's accusations. He visited daily because he wanted to hear Ourika's confession once she was in a fit state. When he finally heard her confession, he showed no shock at the state of her soul and instead reassured her that her heart was innocent of the love she was accused of harboring for Charles. The priest claimed that Ourika was guilty of not enjoying the happiness that God had bestowed upon her and advised her to pray to God since "for Him there is neither black nor white. All hearts are equal in His eyes" (p. 45). The priest encouraged Ourika, and his words brought a peace to her soul, which convinced her to become a nun.