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From Céline to Jeanne La Néele - September 3, 1891.

From Céline to Jeanne La Néele - September 3, 1891.

3rd Sept. 1891
Dear little Jeanne,
I use the photograph you gave me every day, it is of great help to me. I don’t know how I would have managed if I hadn’t had it. However, no matter how much pleasure it brings me, I resent it! And why? Because my little Jeanne followed the example of the beautiful angel she gave me: by dint of seeking heads raised skyward, hers went up the gentle slope and her eyes no longer look down upon us. That’s very [1 v°] bad! It’s not because Lisieux is in a hole that one must disdain from looking at it. Lisieux! Lis-yeux! (wordplay: “read eyes”) Failing the possibility of seeing my Jeanne’s eyes, I myself would very much like to read at least a few lines from her, and yet four days have gone by without anything, not a word, it’s too long!
Dear little Jeanne, if you have nothing new to tell us, I don’t either. The sky over our city is weighing so heavily upon our heads; it is so dark, so thick that we can’t see anything clearly (the weather was dreadful in the summer of 1891. Mgr. Hugonin asked the Missionaries of La Délivrande for “supplications in favour of our perishing crops” in the newspaper ‘Semaine Réligieuse’ of Bayeux, 6th September 1891), the horizon is very overcast.
My aunt has kept to her bedroom all week, she has been a little more poorly than usual, but in a few days it will have disappeared. [2 r°] It sufficed that we needed a bit of rest this week for us to be assailed with visitors. On Monday it was Mr. Gosset and one of his daughters who came to bring us some sewing:fifteen new-born baby shirts and as many vests, with as many in crochet as in fabric. You can see that we are not lacking for work which we offer for the poor to God in order to obtain a grace: that of one day making a pretty little trousseau, and this one we will embroider!
But we are wise and don’t put a limit on God’s time. He will answer our prayer when He deems it right, the less we bother him, the earlier we will be answered. “All things come to those who wait.” This proverb never fails to come true.
[2 v°] I shall continue: on Tuesday it was Mrs. Lahaye who came to introduce us to her family from Evreux. On Wednesday she came back again for us to take a photograph of her children. But it was impossible as it wouldn’t stop raining. However we patiently waited for the rain to let up. Seeing that the weather was overcast after 2 hours of waiting in a fine, dense rain we dared take a print. I’ll leave you to imagine the result. – Finally today Thursday as Marie was at the Abbey, Fr. Domin showed her around his entire domain and gave her some excellent lessons.

You see, dear little Jeanne, that our days are full. For the sake of our peace I would like them to be calmer.
I will leave you now, dear little Jeanne, my lack of paper demands it of my pen but nothing can demand it of my heart…
Your little Céline who will never leave you.
[1 r° tv] Everyone joins me in sending you and Francis lots of love.
[2 v° tv] P.S. My aunt is giving a dinner on Sunday 13th. Oh! Don’t forget to bring some lovely flowers; we are leaving this to you.

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