Please give a summary of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's "Reply."   "Reply" is also known as "La Respuesta a Sor Filotea."

In “La Respuesta a Sor Filotea,” Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz discusses her motives for scholarship and her life of learning. She also explains how secular learning can and does contribute to a deeper understanding of Sacred Scripture. She further makes a strong case for the education of women.

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In “La Respuesta a Sor Filotea,” scholar nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz provides an overview of her life of learning, an argument for secular learning as an aid to the understanding of scripture, and a strong case for the education of women.

Sor Juana begins her letter with an expression of humility towards her correspondent. This was commonplace in her day even though it sounds strange to our modern ears. She then addresses her correspondent's admonition to apply herself to the study of the Bible and maintains that she has failed to write much about scripture, not from a lack of interest or application but because she feels herself to be “ill-equipped” and “unworthy” (208). She is also afraid of leading others into error through any mistakes she might make and has therefore focused her writing mostly on secular subjects, where there is no danger of harming people's souls. Sor Juana further asserts that she does not write anything at all except in obedience or to please...

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