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Written by Laraine
(1/23/2006 12:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think she's relying on faith., penned by Mandy N
I've read this in lots of Gothic novels. They apparently have this convention that, if required, (especially young) women could seek a home among the religious recluses and know that they could stay until they felt it was safe to leave with a trustworthy guardian to protect them from the danger that drove them into hiding in the first place.
Of course, England in the late 18th century didn't have monasteries or convents, so it was probable that writers could make up whatever they chose.
I don't know if medieval convents or monasteries actually took in people who were running from the world and allowed them to be claimed later. Does anyone else?
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