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Edith’s Character and Motivations

Throughout her working life Edith Cavell was known as quiet, strict, kind, well liked, but self sufficient without many friends. One colleague wrote ‘I knew Miss Cavell almost as well after our first meeting as I did at the end of the two years when she left Shoreditch. I liked her. I admired her unswerving sense of duty. But I never felt close to her.’

A strict Anglican childhood nurtured Edith Cavell’s intense sense of duty and her determination. The constraints of middleclass Edwardian life developed a habit of self- restraint, which was more common then. But, there is no doubt that Edith’s strong Christian faith was a huge influence on her life and may explain her apparent lack of need for friends.

She was part of the escape network in Brussels because she believed it was her duty to do it. Because she believed it was right, she could not stop, even when it became obvious that she would be caught.

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