Reading group notes
The Cleaner of Chartres
The story of Agnès Morel is told in two parts, each one beginning with her being found by a man who will care for her. One cold January morning, the farmer Jean Dupère finds a baby in a basket, and nearly twenty years later the Abbé Paul finds a young woman wrapped in a greatcoat sleeping in the doorway of Chartres Cathedral.
Two periods in one life, each lasting nearly twenty years, come together as the novel progresses and Agnès’s past catches up with her. Is the past doomed to repeat itself, or will Agnès at last find redemption and release.