Rarely does a boy quite as inexperienced and nervous show up at the doorsteps of the Mission, but Elder Garner is a welcomed aberration amongst the boys. His lack of sexual history makes him all the more tempting to the boys and men around him. Most of his peers have at least had some fantasies that they have been unable to live out, desires that they’ve suppressed over the years in order to maintain a false image they must preserve. But Garner is different. He has not acted on his sexuality because he has not had an inner life that involves lustful feelings. This creates the impression amongst the priests that the boy is pure.“Purity is scarce these days,” the priests tell Bishop Davies as he prepares to take Garner under his wing, “and it’s only getting scarcer.” In other words, Davies mustn’t take this opportunity for granted.