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By Muriel Spark

An election is held on the abbey of Crewe and the hot girl abbess takes up her excessive workplace with implacable serenity.This is a satirical delusion approximately ecclesiastical and other forms of politics. the writer has additionally written The major of pass over Jean Brodie and Girls of slim Means.

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It is three in the morning. Faithful to the Rule, the Abbess immediately puts down her pen. One white swan, two black, they file from the room and down to the waiting hall. The whole congregation is assembled in steady composure. One by one they take their cloaks and follow the Abbess to the chapel, so softly ill-lit for Lauds. The nuns in their choirs chant and reply, with wakeful voices at three in the morning: O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is thy name in all the earth: Thou who hast proclaimed thy glory upon the heavens.

The Americans have quite gathered that point,’ Walburga says. ’ ‘I dare say,’ says the Abbess. ‘This is a sad hour for England in these, the days of her decline. All this public uproar over a silver thimble, mounting as it has over the months. Such a scandal could never arise in the United States of America. They have a sense of proportion and they understand Human Nature over there; it’s the secret of their success. A realistic race, even if they do eat asparagus the wrong way. However, I have a letter from Rome, dear Sister Walburga, dear Sister Mildred.

The Abbess moves in her fresh white robes to the next room, followed by Walburga. Electronics control-room as it is, here, too, everything gleams. The Abbess sits at a long steel desk and takes the telephone. ‘Gertrude,’ says the Abbess, ‘the Abbess of Crewe has been discussing you with her Sisters Walburga and Mildred. We don’t know what to make of you. ’ ‘I’m not a philosopher,’ says Gertrude’s deep voice, philosophically. ’ ‘Yes,’ says Gertrude. ‘You sound like bronchitis,’ says the Abbess.

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