Chapter 24

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“Yes,” said Nicole.

“Do you promise that henceforth you will eat neither meat nor eggs, nor cheese, nor fat, that you live only from water and wood?”

“Water and wood?” asked Cameron.  Marie answered, “Fish and vegetables.”  He nodded his head.

Lady Mani continued, “that you will not lie, that you will not swear, that you will not kill, that you will not abandon your body to any form of luxury?”  Nicole’s eyes were now tearing at Lady Mani’s soothing litany, “that you will never go alone when it is possible to have a companion, that you will never sleep without breeches and shirt and that you will never abandon your faith for fear of water, fire or any other manner of death?”

“Yes,” said Nicole.

“You wish to receive the spiritual baptism whereby the Holy Spirit is given in the Church of God with the Holy Prayer by the laying on of hands of the Good Men.”

“Yes,” said Nicole.

“And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Jesus Christ instituted this gift of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands.”

“The actual consoling happens now,” said Marie.

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