Sisters in the convent said they had no idea she was expecting a baby.
She ran off, as so many young Catholic girls with similar urges did in those pre-liberation days, to the convent.
The trilogy follows Kate and Baba, two lasses from the Shannon bogs, from convent school to the bright lights of London.
c.1200, covent, cuvent, from Anglo-French covent, from Old French convent, from Latin conventus "assembly," used in Medieval Latin for "religious house," originally past participle of convenire "come together" (see convene). Not exclusively feminine until 18c. The form with restored Latin -n- emerged early 15c. The Middle English form remains in London's Covent Garden district (notorious late 18c. for brothels), so called because it had been the garden of a defunct monastery.
COVENT GARDEN ABBESS. A bawd.
COVENT GARDEN AGUE. The venereal diſeaſe.
["Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]