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What reasons does Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz give for becoming a nun?

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In my readings regarding Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, it seems that becoming a nun was a choice she preferred to make, rather than being married (in which she had no interest). She was illegitimate and came from a relatively poor ("unconnected") family, and because learning was her passion, the convent would have provided her with a socially acceptable way to continue studying and writing.

In 1667, given what she called her “total disinclination to marriage” and her wish “to have no...

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