Elinor Mompellion, pages 146-147
Elinor Mompellion: the minister’s wife is highly literate, relatively non-superstitious for this pre-scientific period, and liberally reformist in religion. Elinor observes that healing is much called for in plague time. The dying can be made more comfortable, but few ever recover. However, the healthier one is the less likely it is one will succumb to plague. Thus they develop their two fold principles of triage.
In a way Michael and Elinor Mompellion are complete opposites.
Anna Frith is a young widow living with her two small children in a lead-mining village in Derbyshire, England in 1665. Anna works as a housemaid at the local rectory. The pastor and his wife, Michael and Elinor Mompellion are not much older than Anna, but much more educated and genteel. Elinor befriends Anna and teaches her to read.
They were four days digging out Sam's body. They took it straight to the sexton's instead of bringing it home to me. They tried to keep me from it, but I wouldn't be kept. I would do that last thing for him. She knew. "Tell them to let her go to him," Elinor Mompellion said to the rector in that gentle voice of hers. Once she spoke, it was over. She so rarely asked anything of him. And once Michael Mompellion nodded, they parted, those big men, moving aside and letting me through.