In nature. They are modeled as the direct

the Story Blank Page, The old woman tells a story of an order of Carmelite nuns
in Portugal, who have been given the honor of making the bed linens for the
wedding night, which is a traditional ritual for the royal princesses to mark
their blood stains on that sheet, which marks the symbol of their virginity.
The nuns were given the task as they make the finest linen in the land.

In this traditional ritual, we find this issue to be consider as a patriarchal
nature of the Portuguese society. The nuns are represented as the pure,
nurturing, submissiveness, innocence, and self-sacrificing in nature. They are
modeled as the direct descendant of the virgin Mary, and with this reference
they are expected by the patriarchal society to remain pure, innocent,
submissive and sacrificed throughout their entire life. They are framed along
the society and is married to Christ while being remaining pure and virgin. The
nuns are forbidden any form of sexual acknowledgment, and their
self-sacrificing nature is compared with the growing of the flax, as indicated
in the story: “the seed is skillfully sown out by labor-hardened virginal hands’,
a task which they perform ‘joyfully’. But ironically, those hands also have
mold under the nails which suggests that they are obedient in their task by
repressing their sexuality. And this flax seed also represents the patriarchy
sense that the very first linseed was brought from the holy land by the
crusader itself, which is obviously a male and that again connects the sincerity
of the nuns in their task which is assigned by some male part.


with taking the nuns as reference the Blank Page reinterprets the Patriarchal
texts that the women’s honor is seen and perceived in terms of a single
physical characteristic, i.e. the women should be pure and virgin in nature,
just like the nuns and only then they would be given the honor in the society.


The Blank Page also
recovers the ‘silencing’ or ‘muteness’ voices from the patriarchal impositions
as it connects the silence with the literal and metaphorical limitations
imposed upon women’s voice in a patriarchal society, and the nuns and
storyteller challenge the patriarchal impositions by appropriating ‘the word’
and exercising ‘voice’. As the old storyteller confirms, with one of her
fundamental rules of storytelling is to be loyal to the story, which is closely
related to the role of silence in communication, as written in the story: “Be
eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story” and in the end the silence will
speak. With this context, the nuns remains loyal to their task silently. The
story makes the important difference between the silences which communicates or
speaks and others which do not. Silence can be seen as a means of active
communication if it is deliberately communicated, even though it is suppressed,
resigned or even denied, it can project confrontations, resistance and protest
against the dominate voices of patriarchy. And so, the nuns remain loyal to
their task silently because they know that silence is more powerful
communication than speaking, whether they are in verbal form or in written and
it will have more powerful impact as the silence “tells a finer tale than any
of us”.   

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