LT 24 - To Jeanne Guerin - June 27, 1887

My dear little Jeanne,

Not having the artist Darel to sketch a boat for me and desir­ing, however, to place one at the top of my letter, I was obliged to apply myself to daubing one. I am coming, dear Jeanne, to annoy you for a few moments. I hope your migraine headache has entirely passed away. Now that the tall English lady has left, you will be less tormented and certainly everybody will be much better.

I suppose you are very happy not to be listening any longer to my sermons on death, to no longer see my eyes which fascinate you so, and to be no longer pushed when going to see the Pigeon ladies. . . .

I have to announce to you the death of eight of my silkworms; I have only four left. Céline lavished so much care on them that she made almost all of them die from sadness or a fatal seizure of apoplexy. I very much fear that the four that are left have caught the germ of their brothers' sickness and that they will follow them in death.

It seems strange to me to be again at Les Buissonnets. This morning, I was surprised to see myself at Celine's side. We spoke to Papa about the amiable offer that good Aunt made to us, but it is absolutely impossible because Papa leaves on Wednesday and he will remain a very short time at Alençon on this occasion.

Au revoir, dear Jeanne. I always love you with my whole heart.
Thérèse e.m.

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