Chapter 55 Summary

The letter is dated September 19 and is addressed, “Dear Thomas.” Sister Mary Joseph Praise confesses that she came to Missing under false pretences, which she has never confessed to anyone, including God. Years before, when she was in Aden, she was harmed by a man in a way that no woman should ever be hurt. Because she felt God had forsaken her, she turned from Him. She could not forgive the man, and she could not forgive God. “Death would have been better than what she endured,” but she came to Missing in the guise of a nun in an attempt to hide her bitterness and shame from the world.

She came to Ethiopia in deceit but her work there changed her, and she would have been his assistant forever. But things have...

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