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From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 60 - October 8, 1870.

 

From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

October 8, 1870

… My little Thérèse (Mélanie-Thérèse) died today, Saturday, at one o’clock in the afternoon. Last Sunday, I believed she was saved. She was much better and had gained three hundred grams during the week. The same day, towards evening, she began to throw up everything she’d eaten. Wednesday she was worse; Thursday she seemed better, and she laughed as she never had before. It was a very good night, but Friday morning, after using the doctor’s prescription, she was dying. At noon, it was finished!

Her death agony began this morning, at ten-thirty. You couldn’t imagine how she suffered! I’m heartbroken. I loved this child so much. With each new loss, it always seems to me that I love the child I’m losing more than the others. She was as sweet as a bouquet, and then I looked after her all by myself. Oh! I would like to die, too! I’ve been completely exhausted for two days. I’ve had almost nothing to eat, and I was on my feet all night, in mortal anguish. On Wednesday I brought my little girls to the Visitation Monastery. Their aunt asked me to tell you that she won’t be able to write to you until after the Feast of the Presentation.

 

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