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206) They threw me against the wall and ripped off the little clothes I had. Raising their whips, they lashed my entire body . . " In addition to possible literary parallels between Leocadia's life and Isabel's, the iconographic tradition of the saint is also apparent in Isabel's autobiography. Included in the dramatic story of Leocadia's holy suffering is the vivid image of her kneeling in the dark cell before she performs her miracle of the imprint of the cross: "placing her knees on the ground of the deep prison, .

Page 7 1 Writing a Nun's Life The Politics of ''Lying:" The Confessor-Nun Partnership On September 21,1611, in Toledo, Isabel de Sosa was born, the youngest of twelve children and the only girl. She changed her name to Isabel de Jesús when she entered the Carmelite order. Isabel died in 1682 at the age of seventy-one less three months, exactly one hundred years after the death of Santa Teresa. Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, the only information we have at present about Isabel de Jesús can be found in her autobiography, Tesoro del Carmelo (Treasure of Mount Carmel), published in 1685 by her confessor, Manuel de Paredes, three years after her death.

Her extensive text is testimony to her ability to continue writing despite constant torments related to the act of writing. In a supernatural miracle symbolic of her desire not to be controlled by male-dominated society, Isabel is able to make a stray bull kneel to her: "Haziendo con todo la señal de la Santa Cruz, arrodilló de manera, que puso el hocico en el suelo, y bolvióse su camino, y no hizo mal a nadie" (131) (When I made the sign of the Holy Cross, the bull kneeled down as he put his snout on the ground and then turned and went the other way and did no harm to anybody).

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