Mary stands here in a niche in the wall of this edifice much as does a bowsprit on the fore hull of a ship. She is an ambiguous figure, a picture of innocence and at the same time a world wise woman capable of mentoring and managing the young inmates of St. Georges House in the late nineteenth century. A living proxy for the statue would set a course for the wards of St Georges in their after life. (after "leaving" the "Home"). Home security was always a top priority.