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[11r°] Here’s another passage I find in Mama’s letters. This poor little Mother evidently had a presentiment that the end of her exile was near. “The little ones don’t disturb me since both of them are very good; they are very special, and certainly will turn out well. You and Marie will be able to raise them [5] perfectly. Céline never commits the smallest deliberate fault. The little one will be all right too, for she wouldn’t tell a lie for all the gold in the world and she has a spirit about her that I have not seen in any of you.

“The other day she was at the grocery store with Céline and Louise. She was talking about her practices. She was doing this rather loudly with Céline and the woman in the store said to Louise: [10] ‘What does she mean by these little practices? When she’s playing in the garden that’s all she talks about. Mme. Gaucherin listens at the window trying to understand what this debate about practices means.’

“The little one is our whole happiness. She will be good; one can already see the germ of goodness in her. She speaks only about God and wouldn’t miss [15] her prayers for anything. I wish you could see her recite the little poems she learned. Never have I seen anything so cute. She gets the exact expression and tone all by herself. But it is especially when she says: ‘Little child with the golden hair, where do you believe God is?’ When she comes to the words: ‘He is up there in the blue heavens,’ she raises her eyes with an [20] angelic expression. It’s so beautiful that one doesn’t grow tired of asking her to recite it, for there is something heavenly in her face!”

How happy I really was at that age, dear Mother! I had already begun to enjoy life; virtue had its charming qualities for me, and I was, it seems to me, in the same dispositions then as I am now, enjoying a firm


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