#9. Mother Hildegarde’s no-nonsense attitude
One thing you expect from a mother superior is a strict attitude. While kind and loving to the people, she would always ensure her nuns were disciplined and honest. Mother Hildegarde’s characterization was everything I expected from a mother superior and more. She certainly put Claire to work through a no-nonsense attitude, but was willing to see past the initial view that a woman didn’t know anything about medicine.
It was because of Mother Hildegarde that Claire was able to do more in the hospital. She kept a watchful eye to see how Claire would check on patients and whether Claire really was the real deal.
Yet, there was a softness to her. When Claire needed a shoulder to lean on, Mother Hildegarde was there. This was a woman willing to risk her own life to baptize a stillborn baby. She didn’t care, as long as this baby could be buried on hallowed ground. Then after all that, she was there to support Claire and do what was necessary to bring Claire out of the pits of despair.
There wasn’t a dull moment whenever Mother Hildegarde was on the screen, which makes picking out one particular moment out extremely hard. But meeting her for the first time is definitely the one that sticks out the most. It was hard to see if she would be a likeable character and then she surprised all those who hadn’t read the books first.