What passages from Crispin: The Cross of Lead could be used to reveal Crispin's world view?

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The story of Crispin charts how he moves from being extremely bound by his views of God and religion at the beginning of the tale and gradually, thanks to the encouragement of Bear, exchanges this for a more liberated world view. For example, in Chapter 12, when he runs away from his home village recognising that he has been declared a Wolf's head and that there is little chance of his successful escape, he shows his religiosity by praying:

At length I flung myself upon my knees and prayed long and hard to Our Saviour Jesus, to His Sainted Mother, Mary, and most of all to my blessed St. Giles, for mercy, guidance, comfort and protection.

Crispin shows himself bound by his world view because he is unable to go against anything that he has vowed to do in the name of his religion. For example, after Bear has shrewdly made Crispin swear a vow to serve him, Crispin reflects that he would love to run away, but unfortunately he feels that he would go straight "to Hell" if he were to break his vow. Crispin's world view at the beginning of the novel is therefore best expressed as being dominated by his belief in Christianity, which results in his repression in various forms.

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