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Discuss the significance names. Generally the Sisters of Brede receive new names when they enter the abbey. These new names signify their new lives. Philippa's name, however, is not changed. Discuss why this is significant.

Consider the knocks Abbess Catherine hears at her door which lead to the breaking of the cross and discovery of the ruby. Were these knocks divine intervention or just coincidence? Explain the reasoning behind your answer.

Discuss the Benedictine nuns' practice of not having favorites among the other nuns. Why is this practice important? Consider also the times this rule was not followed, specifically in the cases of Abbess Hester and Dame Veronica, and Cecily and Dame Maura. What was the result of these close relationships and their impact on the individuals as well as the nuns as a whole?

Explore Cecily's many personal battles with her own vocation...

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