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Yujin Nagasawa does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Christmas is a time to celebrate one of the most remarkable miracles found in the Bible: the virgin birth of Jesus.
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Stead, an English newspaper editor and advocate of social reform, was an early exponent of "new journalism" focused on the sensational. In the s, he turned the London newspaper The Pall Mall Gazette into a precursor of the modern tabloid. The series of articles from which this excerpt, "The Violation of Virgins," is taken was his tour de force.
In the Catholic Churcha consecrated virgin has been consecrated by the church to a life of perpetual virginity as an exclusive spouse of Christ. Consecrated virgins are consecrated by the diocesan bishop according to the approved liturgical rite. The consecrated virgins are to spend their time in works of penance and mercy, in apostolic activity and in prayer, according to their state of life and spiritual gifts.
Now, with this ghostly, not-quite-there vision of her former husband walking back into her life, everything that finally felt safe for Jane collapses, culminating in a remarkable monologue that lasts for nearly seven minutes. For nearly seven minutes, she spins out of control. She explains, as baldly as she can, what it feels like to learn that your beloved dead husband is alive, and that he does not remember you.