LT 63 - To M. Martin

LT 63 From Thérèse to M. Martin.

September 30, 1888


Carmel , September 30

My dear King,

Your little Queen is crushed under the weight and the magnificence of your gifts; one really can see that it is a King who offering them to His Queen. First it was the Point d’Alençon that I saw arriving; it was truly regal. I don’t know how to thank you for these beautiful gifts. Where, then, is the time when your little Queen would have leaped with joy before something like one penny which her King gave her ? Even now her heart would be joyful, but the King’s heart has to give more.; That is why he is giving his Queen lace worthy of : THE QUEEN OF FRANCE AND NAVARRE. It is true , dear little Father, that if the Queen is unworthy of so much riches, they are not too beautiful for the divine Bridegroom to whom you have given her, and that is why I shall be happy to wear them. Otherwise I would not really dare to, for I am still only the Orpheline de la Bérésina. It is only on the day of my reception of the Habit that I will deserve to carry my title of Queen.

I still have a sweet mission to carry out, and it is that of thanking you, in my name as Queen and in the name or the Diamond and the fine pearl, for an avalanche of pears, onions, prunes, and apples, which came from the turn as from a horn of plenty. Where did all this come from ? An old gentleman says it is from a Monsieur who lived at the side of the “jardin de l’Etoile.” This could be no one else but you, so dear little Father, the provisions were well received ; we gave the provisions a good reception without having to be coaxed. The strange thing is they had less trouble entering than your Queen, who was obliged to go to Rome to have the door opened for her…

The enormous onions delighted my heart; they made me think of those of Egypt. We shall not have to sigh for them as the Israelites did. I thought again of those of Lyons that cost fifty centimes and are so big. Well, my King, I believe your Queen is going to bore you with her babbling, but she is so happy that she was unable to refrain from telling you so. She thanks you for everything and kisses you with her whole heart.

Thérèse of the Child Jesus


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