“A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil”


"That evening, perhaps by inadvertence, she broke a porcelain bowl, one of those which nightly serve the intimate needs of little girls, and was condemned to pay a fine. She paid the fine, but only after improvising a scene whereby the punishment inflicted by the Mother Superior was rendered ridiculous. She sang until midnight the Wine of Consolations. Monotonous chant of penitence sung upon a single repeated note, and got up afterward to bite the nails of all her sleeping companions."

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