Excellent advice. I‘m not sure Nona‘s reaction to it is consistent with either her actions or experiences thus far, though.
I really want to love this book—I certainly love the worldbuilding—but the writing is just shy of working for me.
So does anyone else think that the abbess is basically Dumbledore? She‘s the wise old leader of a school where magic is taught, willing to sacrifice her own hand and manipulate lots of people—including a child in her care—for the (ahem) greater good, Nona is urged to go to her with serious problems… and now she‘s been conveniently called away and they decide they need to stop a thief without her.