From Mme Martin to her brother Isidore CF 75 - December 25, 1871.


From Mme Martin to her brother

December 25, 1871

I’m truly sorry that your poor wife is still sick, but she has a calmness and patience that are very rare.

Since I’ve returned from Lisieux, you’ve been on my mind constantly. I’m sorry that the happy moments I spent with you are over. It seems to me that now we’ll have to go so long without seeing each other. It feels like an eternity. I’m already counting the months until summer vacation, but I hope that, in the meantime, you’ll shorten the time we have to wait.

Louis is going to take care of the matter concerning your drug business. He’s already started looking for a manager, but I have doubts he’ll find one. However, you have good friends in Alençon. I was happy with Monsieur Y’s behavior towards you. I didn’t expect it. I’ve had so many disappointments in my life that I hardly believe in true friends any more.

And I who had the weakness to make fun of Madame Y; I’ll regret it forever. I don’t know why I don’t like her. She’s never been anything but helpful and nice to me. I hate ungrateful people. So I have to hate myself because I’m nothing but a true ingrate. Thus I want to change completely for the good. I’ve already started because for some time I’ve been taking every opportunity to speak well of this woman. This is even easier because she’s a very good person who deserves more than all those who make fun of her, beginning with me!

Your loving sister.

 © Society of St. Paul / Alba House




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