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She wanted him buried in Calvary because the power of the Church wanted him kept out and she, who had spent her life in the Church's services, wanted him in. Hold it against the good I've done, she prayed. We'll sort it out when I see You.
-- Sister St. Saviour (These Short Dark Days)

Importance: Sister St. Saviour chooses to act compassionately, instead of following the precepts that the church commands. Although she knows that it is a sin to bury a suicide in consecrated ground, she desires to soften the blow to Annie, who wishes him to be buried at Calvary. Sister St. Saviour rebels against the power of the Church, but putting people first instead of the dogma that only perpetuates suffering on earth. She thinks that God may forgive her, judging the result of her compassion toward Annie as a lesser sin. This scene encapsulates one of the novel's major themes, that human an act...

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