Doubt - Scene 7 Summary & Analysis

John Patrick Shanley
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Scene 7 Summary

This scene is set in the garden. Sister James sits meditatively as Father Flynn approaches, reacting negatively to the noisy cawing of a crow and apologizes for disturbing her. Sister James says she's upset because her brother is ill but she can't go to him because of her commitment to her class. She adds that she's also troubled by a dream in which she looks in a mirror and is unable to see her face, and by thoughts about Father Flynn planted in her mind by Sister Aloysius. After both she and Father Flynn admit to avoiding Donald Muller out of fear their actions might be misinterpreted, Sister James asks Father Flynn several questions. She wonders whether his sermon was actually about anyone, whether parables like the ones he uses are actually better for conveying meaning than using explicit examples from life, and...

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