This chapter focuses on the things that set Thérèse apart from other Carmelites: her particular intelligence and her writing itself. Thérèse demonstrated an exception of self manifested early on; the precocity of learning, limited only in the bookish sense; an adeptness in storytelling and in such seemingly minor skills as mimicry, which is the gift of an observant, satiric mind; the imaginative, even audacious reading of Scripture. These are outward signs of what became in her writing and talking the fully flourishing intellect, one which took on with a kind of bravura the task of interpreting Christianity to the Carmelites in a new and vital way.
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