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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In the book Angela's Ashes Frank at ten develops a high fever.  It turns out that he has typhoid and has to be put into the hospital.  The priest even reads him his Last Rights expecting him to die.  However, he gets better.

While in the hospital Frank meets a girl named Patricia Madigan.  They talk all the time and she gives him a book of Shakespeare to read.  She opens his world up to beautiful literature.  Frank and her become close and talk everyday.  One day a nurse sees them talking and reports it to Nurse Rite.

The nurse separates the two and tells Frank that  “Diphtheria is never allowed to talk to typhoid.”   Frank does not know that Patricia is dying.  She dies on the way to the bathroom a few days later.

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