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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - May 1917

Sr Françoise-Thérèse to her sister Céline May 1917

Céline (Sr Geneviève) asks her for this in April 1917 and thanks her for it in May 1917

List of furniture

1st We have all the furniture from Papa’s bedroom here, except the mahogany chest of drawers decorated with black and white marble, the chairs, armchair and washstand.

2nd The varnished walnut bed and matching marble-veneered nightstand, the chest of drawers where Thérèse saw the vision, 2 cane chairs, Mamma’s padded chair, an armchair, 2 prie-dieu in black velvet with upholstery strip, the large square washstand with its grey marble, round legs with no wheels and no board on top. The fine pedestal table from the centre of the bedroom (oratory) is in pride of place here.

3rd Oak bed from the bedroom looking onto the main garden, mahogany game table with copper edge, round legs and wheels. The oak wardrobe and the large wardrobe from the maid’s room, where we kept our clothes, must be in the linen room at our uncle’s house. The red wardrobe is in his bathroom at the top of the stairs, against the wall of the loft.

4th My green and yellow iron bed, little rectangular mahogany table with hidden drawer, twisted legs and wheels.

5th Papa’s watchmaker’s workbench, 2 iron double beds; one red, the other folding. Reddish-brown iron bed from the maid’s room, which I think is valuable because it’s quite old. It is elegant in shape, with solid iron head and legs.

6th tiny mahogany chest of drawers with black and white marble top. The drawers have big copper buttons on them, 2 on each. This chest was mounted with another even smaller one in varnished walnut, with pull-out drawers. Small marble-veneered pedestal table and 1 bookshelf. All this came from the study in Les Buissonnets.

(Mr David’s mahogany is mottled!) I don’t know what happened to the nice little dining table. It is round and at most can seat five people. We brought it back from Auteuil near Paris. – You must have the garden table and chairs (and the bull’s eye clock) which I thought I saw in your Choir. You must also have the pretty mirror from the bedroom that you had as a girl; I was the one who gave it to you.

All or almost all the above-mentioned pieces of furniture must be piled in the furniture store that our uncle had built in his large loft. I highly doubt whether Jeanne can sort them out because the furniture from La Musse must be with them. I personally can’t be any more precise because since I joined the convent, everything has been changed. I’d like to have the gift of bilocation, not to return to the hassles of the world, but simply to be of use to my darling little sisters and live in their sweet company. My binoculars are small and nice but very plain. The case is ordinary, and auburn in colour. It’s leather and woven with tiny, very closely spaced stripes.