When the Jesuitess
Mary Ward wrote her autobiography, she figures her fifteen-year-old self as a girl whose mind, body, and spirit work together toward one future transformative state:
In the atmosphere of witch hunting there appear in London such strange creatures as Jesuitess
and "sisters" of Faction Paradox.
The extended action which supports this satire, and complements it thematically, is the so-called sub-plot; it involves the attempted seduction of the White Queen's Pawn (a virgin devoted to a single life of holiness) by the Black Bishop's Pawn (a Jesuit) through the agency of the Black Queen's Pawn (a Jesuitess
The heroines of the novels set in contemporary Britain, such as Beatrice (1852) by Catherine Sinclair, are similar paragons of virtue, who, although they do not have to cope with the Inquisition, are equally brave and staunch defenders of Protestantism against the dangerous machinations of gliding Jesuits and especially Jesuitesses
Julia's struggles for freedom in teaching, networking with other women, as well as exercising her leadership echoed those of the "Jesuitesses
" of Europe, albeit under very different circumstances.