Reviewer: MHE Signed [Report This]
Date: 10 Aug 2011 6:39 pm Title: Chapter 10 - Nothing is lost if offered freely

As Mother Abbess so rightly observes, Hilda has indeed found some measure of peace.  A peace which is reinforced by the various scenes that are so vividly portrayed here.  Certainly Hilda is finding out how true the words of Kahlil Gibran are

…joy and sorrow are inseparable…together they come and when one sits alone with you…remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

I'm glad that Hilda and Sister Patricia were able to have that conversation, though it is sad to see Sister Patricia so convinced that she herself has no place in Ellie's heart. Thankfully Hilda is able to set the record straight on that for her, whilst Sister Patrica is able in her own way to release the tears that MA wanted Hilda to shed earlier.   

Thank goodness too that Ellie and the kittens turned up when they did. That time spent wrapping the gifts has certainly cemented the growing bond between them.  Finally, what better way to show Hilda how much they all care for and love her, than in the displaying of her precious Christmas ornaments so that each and every one of them may share in their beauty.

Thank you, Mary.

Reviewer: Elder in Ontario Signed [Report This]
Date: 10 Aug 2011 12:56 am Title: Chapter 10 - Nothing is lost if offered freely

A truly peaceful episode, yet filled with so many poignant vignettes in the lead up to Midnight Mass.  I'm glad that Sister Patricia is so pleased about Hilda's growing relationship with Ellie - and we see an unexpected side to the nun herself, that she would consider leaving the convent in order to provide a home for the girl.  Hilda and Ellie's gift wrapping session, helped or hindered by the two kittens - so many loving little exchanges between the two of them.  Finally, the revelation of that glorious scene in the chapel entrance, with Hilda's ornaments so lovingly displayed. 

Small wonder that Hilda enters the chapel feeling enveloped by all the care showered upon her.  Christmas Day itself may still be hard for her, with her longing for Nell never far away, but all these new experiences and new relationships will help to sustain her both now and in the future.

Thank you, Mary.


Reviewer: Celia Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 09 Aug 2011 10:39 pm Title: Chapter 10 - Nothing is lost if offered freely

Thank you Mary, the Bonhoeffer quotes are beautiful. I'm so glad Hilda talks to Sr Pauline ensuring that she understands that she still has an important role to play with Ellie in future.
How Hilda relishes the time she and Ellie spend together, complimented on this occasion by the two little cats.
Finally the exquisite arrangement of
her ornaments, giving her a 'little Christmas miracle of hope' as she approaches Christmas day.
Your writing brings us so close to the
characters,I feel as if I am beside them.

Reviewer: Squirrel Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 09 Aug 2011 9:35 pm Title: Chapter 10 - Nothing is lost if offered freely

Um... Wow! I wonder how one can read such beauty and then produce come coherent words on the subject. Still, I shall rouse myself to attempt the feat!!!

So many different facets of love here, from the way that Hilda is tended to and made to look after herself as much as she can in the matters of food and sleep. Then that frank conversation with Sister Patricia. Yes, such a discussion had to take place at some point.

The way Ellie came instinctively to join Hilda when she was just about to start something else, bringing with her the two feline companions, who each added a touch of joy and even comfort to the rest of the scene, by behaving as only cats can. I could just see the fun they were having with that box, and the love lavished on Hilda as she struggled later on.

Such wonderful scenes, all leading up to the last one in sequence. Such a touching scene, and one which brings with it more love - love lavished on one who is far more used to give it than receive it. Hopefully this will bring another modicum of comfort for Hilda on such a trying evening.

Thank you Mary.

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