Chapter 2 Summary

Thomas Stone is often considered mysterious, though it is likely he is even more of a mystery to himself than to others. Dr. Stone is painfully shy everywhere else, but he feels at home in the operating theater, as if it is the one place where his body and soul are at peace. As a surgeon he is known for being precise and bold, inventive and courageous, calm despite every pressure. However, when his long-time assistant, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, goes into labor, he is none of these things.

He is about to do surgery on a young boy and expects the proper instrument to be placed in his hand, as it has for the past seven years. Instead, he discovers a young probationer timidly telling him that Sister Mary Joseph Praise is...

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