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    a confusing conversation

    Dear Teachers,
    I read this conversation from Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire:
    "You don't know what you pray about," snorted Primavera, "that's why you won't tell us. You pray for a reason to pray, that's all. And it doesn't come."
    "It'll come soon enough," said Fra Ludovico bitterly. "I've been to Rome, after all; I know how quickly peace concludes."
    Why does their conversation jump from praying to Rome, and from Rome to the end of peace? I don't get what they are talking about...

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    Re: a confusing conversation

    Fra Ludovico's experience in Rome taught him that peace doesn't last, and the end of peace will give him a reason for praying.

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    Re: a confusing conversation

    Thanks!
    And, when they say "it doesn't come" and "it'll come soon enough", does this "it" refer to what Fra Ludovico parys/hopes for?

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    Re: a confusing conversation

    Yes- it = the reason to pray

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