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The Ninth Hour - "Reparation" — "Overnight" Summary & Analysis

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The Little Nursing Sisters' convent had formerly been a house owned by a rich man who lost his "family's fortune to drink and depravity" (127) and gave it to the sisters in reparation for his sins. Sister Jeanne converses with Annie, and mentions St. Saviour's death and how the room where she died had the scent of roses. Annie thinks that roses must have been blooming somewhere nearby. Sister Jeanne suggests that Annie should let Sally go. Annie thinks that it will break her heart if Sally goes to Chicago. Sister Jeanne says that she recognized Jim long ago, saw him bowing his head toward her in the convent's windows. She pities Jim and says that the worst suffering for a soul is "to be trapped forever in these bodies of ours. No relief" (132). She tells Annie that there could be redemption and forgiveness...

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