How does Frank feel about Sister Rita in Angela's Ashes?

Frank doesn't have much time for Sister Rita in Angela's Ashes. He sees the stern, unbending nun as a dictatorial figure who's forever imposing petty rules and restrictions on the children at the hospital. He also sees her as a figure of fun.

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At the time when Angela's Ashes is set, Ireland was virtually a Catholic theocracy in which the Catholic Church exercised a powerful influence over every single aspect of public life. Even in hospital, where poor young Frank is recovering from typhoid fever, he cannot avoid the ubiquitous Church, whose power...

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At the time when Angela's Ashes is set, Ireland was virtually a Catholic theocracy in which the Catholic Church exercised a powerful influence over every single aspect of public life. Even in hospital, where poor young Frank is recovering from typhoid fever, he cannot avoid the ubiquitous Church, whose power and control are personified by the figure of Sister Rita.

Right from the outset, it's apparent that this overbearing nun is on something of a power-trip, enforcing petty rules and regulations in the hospital that have nothing to do with clinical practice and everything to do with enforcing Catholic dogma.

Sister Rita insists that there's to be no talking between two rooms, especially when there are a boy and a girl involved. This means Frank is unable to keep up his conversation with Patricia, who's being treated for diphtheria. Sister Rita says that instead of talking to each other, Frank and Patricia should be saying a rosary or reading The Little Messenger of the Sacred Heart that's beside their beds.

As one can imagine, Frank doesn't have much time for any of this. When Patricia whispers an impersonation of Sister Rita, Frank laughs so hard that a nurse runs into his room to see if he's alright. This would indicate that Frank sees Sister Rita, with her stern adherence to petty rules and regulations, as a figure of fun.

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