In the book Angela's Ashes, why did Sister Rita forbid Frank to talk to Patricia?

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The hospital has very strict rules, not all of which make a lot of sense. The Catholic Church is a primary influence in Ireland at this time, and part of the reason Sister Rita has forbidden Frank to talk to Patricia is because "there's to be no talking between two rooms especially when it's a boy and a girl." The thought behind this bann is that by forbidding boys and girls to fraternize, issues of sexual immorality might be avoided. The rule is rigidly enforced; it does not matter that the two individuals involved are just children,...

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