Form of Life of Pope Innoncent IV - 101 

conveniently be delivered through the turn or some other means, we decree that in each monastery one strong turn of appropriate width and height be made in a suitable place. Necessities may be administered through it both from within and without. Let it be so used that no one may be seen either from within or without. Let the little door be strong on both sides so that it should remain closed and secure with locks and keys at night and, in the summer time, during siesta. Let the abbess place one sister, who is discreet, reliable, and mature in both character and age, who loves the reputation of the monastery, to guard it and procure necessities for it. She alone, or the one appointed as her companion, when she cannot conveniently be present, may speak and respond about those things that pertain to her office.

Let the common parlor, however, be placed in the chapel, or more preferably in the enclosure, when it can be done more conveniently and properly, lest, were it. by chance in the chapel, it would disturb the peace of those who are praying. Let the perforated and so secured with strong keys that it can never be opened. A black linen cloth should be so hung from the interior that those [sisters] cannot see outside nor be seen.

No one shall be given permission to speak in that parlor from Compline, which should be said at the appropriate time, until after Prime of the following day, or at the time of eating or, during the summer, during siesta, or when the Office is celebrated, except for such a reasonable or necessary cause that cannot conveniently be postponed.

10Conceming the serving sisters who are not bound to remain always enclosed as the others, we wish this to be observed strictly: no one may leave the enclosure without per- mission and those who are sent out to be upright and of appropriate age.a Let them embark upon the highways in decent footwear, both them and those sisters whom it is necessary at times to send out, as in the cases described above. The same may also be permitted for those who remain within, if they wish.

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Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 101

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