LT 23 - To Marie Guerin - June 27, 1887

Aux Buissonnets, Monday, June 27, 1887

My dear little Patient,

How are you this morning? Did you sleep well last night? Is your tooth causing you less suffering? . . . Dear little Marie, look at all the questions I'm asking you this morning, but, alas! nobody can answer me, and I am forced to answer them myself, so I'll do it to my own advantage, and I can see you are much better.

I'm obliged to turn the page, for I just noticed that I was writing in all directions. It's been such a long time since I held a pen that it seems strange to me. I have returned from the Carmel. I told Marie and Pauline how much you are suffering, and they're going to pray to God that He cure you and that you can enjoy your time at Trouville.... I'd have many things to tell you, dear little Louploup, but I haven't the time, for I intend to write a note to Jeanne, and, besides, I would be afraid of hurting your eyes. My letter is a real muddle, and I don't know how I can dare send it to you this way.

I leave you, kissing you not on your two cheeks, for I fear hurt­ing your teeth, but on your pretty little forehead.

Thérèse e.M.

I recommend especially that my dear little Louploup not put herself out by writing me. This will not prevent me from sending her letters often. My little Louploup must merit her name and eat like a real Louploup.     

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