Alchemist's Gift

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Reflection

The stakes were pulled down by the townsfolk that very evening. The dais was disassembled and stowed, and the bell, with some difficulty, was loaded into a wagon and taken to the blacksmith.

The mystery and joyful awe of the miracle was tempered by a collective self-reflection that caused many shame and guilt for what could have happened. The mayor rescinded the execution orders. The bishop sent for a papal legate or an inquisitor from Rome to begin their investigation. The small convent of Santa Dorotea, twenty miles to the south, agreed to take in and care for the women. Monica Longo and Maria Lillo decided to forgo convent life. Monica returned to her farm, and Maria headed off to an uncertain future after packing up her scant belongings.

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