From Mme Martin to her brother Isidore CF 27 - February 24, 1868.

From Mme Martin to her brother

February 24, 1868

I’m sure you must be overjoyed at the birth of your little Jeanne (Jeanne-Marie-Élisa was born February 24, 1868, in Lisieux). You must have been very anxious because you often worry quite a lot about less important things. I beg you, don’t keep me in suspense. Write me immediately after the baptism. Tell me if the little one is pretty, if she cries a lot, I must know everything. My father made a face when he heard it was a girl; he wanted a boy. That will be for another time.

My dear friend, I want to go and see you so badly that I can’t stand it any longer. I could have cried this evening when I saw all the preparations my father was making for his trip while I was making none. I love your wife as much as you; she’s so good, so affectionate. And the little dear, how I love her already! So it’s unfortunate that we’re so far away; we would have such a good time together. But no, our visits must be far apart and our time together too short.

I’m ending my letter because I’m in no mood to write this evening.

When I received your telegram it filled me with such emotion that I felt it all evening. It’s midnight, and I’m still not myself.

My eye has been really hurting me for a month. It’s not red, and we can’t see anything. It’s a nerve that’s affected. If you have any medicine to relieve it, send it to me. I’m anxious about it, and I’m afraid of not being able to work.

Tell me if your wife is pleased with the new maid and if your pharmacy student has returned, so that I’m sure you’re not in a predicament.


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