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It is only later, as Clare becomes more and more emaciated, suffering the wounds of the stigmata, almost delirious, that Archie decides he must go against her wishes and seek the help of doctors.
Whether (as in the 13th century) they observe with rapt attention the stigmata of suffering or (as in our times) themselves carry the stigmata in the form of disease, the birds are clearly an integral part of the scene.
Stigmata are the wounds of Jesus on the cross and, traditionally, the marks only appear on a devout chosen few.