Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Daughter of the Man from the Land of Uz

Yamima (an honoured member of a women’s masonic lodge) has a part-time morning Job at Moudi’s.  In the afternoons she cleans the cell of Sister Missikin, at 96 the oldest nun at the convent.  As she leaves the café, Ahmed gives her a herbal remedy for Missikin’s digestion problem. As she leaves Yamima passes Sister Gertrude who coincidentally is carrying an illustrated fragment of a document which was removed (last April) from the 11th century manuscript of ‘Moralia in Job’ (by Saint Gregory), a treasure of the Abbey of Saint-Pierre at Préaux, Normandy. Gertrude tells Ahmed that Sister Missikin is ailing.

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