The above scene is the one which we will present in our pilot. Agnes has waited for the final hours before her death to tell Fabiola what a wonderful Christian she would make.
After first appraising Fabiola's natural virtues, Agnes imparts to her affectionate cousin the glory that grace will add to these natural gifts.
Fabiola promises to apply herself to the Faith, after which Agnes happily goes to meet her Bridegroom, satisfied that she has brought Fabiola to the True Fold.
In the cell, Agnes shares with Fabiola her eager desire for martyrdom:
Behold, what I have long coveted, I now see; what I have hoped for, I hold safe; to Him alone I feel already associated in Heaven, whom here on earth I have loved with all devotedness.
One of my favorite resources for reading about the lives of the saints shares the words of St. Ambrose when he speaks with great admiration of Saint Agnes, who was martyred at the tender age of 12.
In his work, On Virgins, he wrote:
It is this character that Fabiola admires as a role model. Her childlike bravery in the face of death is truly inspiring!