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[42v°] after two or three days I got sick and they had to bring me back to Lisieux.86 My sickness, which they feared was serious, was only an attack of nostalgia for Les Buissonnets, for hardly had I put my foot in the house when my health returned. And it was from a child such as this that God was taking away the only [5] support which attached me to life!

As soon as I learned of Marie’s determination, I resolved to take no pleasure out of earth’s attractions. Since my leaving the boarding school, I set myself up in Pauline’s old painting room and arranged it to suit my taste. It was a real bazaar, an assemblage of pious objects and [10] curiosities, a garden, and an aviary. Thus, at the far end on the wall was a big cross in black wood, without a corpus, and several drawings I liked. On another wall, a basket, decorated with muslin and pink ribbons, contained some delicate herbs and flowers. Finally, on the last wall, was enthroned all by itself the portrait of Pauline at the age of ten. [15] Beneath the portrait was a table and upon it was a large cage which enclosed a great number of birds; their melodious song got on the nerves of visitors but not on those of their little mistress who cherished them very much. There was also the “little white piece of furniture” filled with my school books and copybooks, and on it [20] was set a statue of the Blessed Virgin, along with vases always filled with natural flowers, and candles. Around the statue was a number of small statues of the saints, little baskets made out of shells, cardboard boxes, etc.! My garden was suspended in front of the window, and there I cultivated pots of flowers (the rarest I could find). I also had on the inside of “my museum” a flower stand on which I placed my privileged plant. In front of the



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