“I don’t care what the Church says in this regard, or even if I burn in Purgatory, so long as it saves lives. Do it." - Mother Celia

World without End

(Caris kneels beside Mother Cecilia, who is dying of the plague.)

MOTHER CECILIA: I’m not afraid – I’m curious. I hope he’s merciful, and I didn’t get it all wrong.

CARIS: (smiling) Mostly right, I should think.

MOTHER CECILIA: Your mask?

CARIS: I didn’t want –

MOTHER CECILIA: Put it on.

(Caris does.)

MOTHER CECILIA: You must, of course, take my place. I told Sister Mair to insist on it. If the vote isn’t unanimous I shall be very cross.

CARIS: I can’t take your place –

MOTHER CECILIA: You’re the only one who can.

CARIS: You’re forgetting one thing.

MOTHER CECILIA: That you lost your faith? There isn’t a true believe who doesn’t go through a long dark night. Let God work through you, building our hospice and writing your book – and one other thing. Once I’m dead, you must examine me. My insides, I mean.

CARIS: It’s forbidden, Mother.

MOTHER CECILIA: I don’t care what the Church says in this regard, or even if I burn in Purgatory, so long as it saves lives. Do it.

The Story

An adaptation of Ken Follett’s sequel to The Pillars of the Earth.

World Without End DVD

The Backstory

A much more difficult challenge than Pillars, this became an experience quite the opposite of its predecessor. I’m surprised that it came out as well as it did.