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RP3 16r bis

 

JEAN MASSIEU 

Don't you recognize that God has often worked won­ders for you?... Jean d'Aulon, your squire, says that at Saint- Pierre-le-Moutier you said you had in your company fifty thou­sand men, though you really had only four or five... The victory you reported that day seems miraculous to me.

JOAN

It's true God has often chosen me to be the instrument of His marvels, but it is to save France that He has worked these won­ders. .. as for me, He has willed that I suffer much. How many tears have I not wept at seeing the contradictions among the great ones of the court?... Now my blood must mix with my tears.... At the assault on Tournelles, an arrow struck me and I fell, and if I hadn't been rescued by my Saints, I'd have been taken prisoner right there, since the English were already thronged around me. But the hour set by God had not yet come... I didn't know then the trials that awaited me.... In my letters to the English, I al­ways talked about peace, and I dreamt of a crusade, if they'd ally themselves with us... In response I got nothing but threats and insults, which I treated as they deserved.... Now I am in their power, but I hope for the deliverance

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that my voices have promised me. As for myself, I give witness to a clear conscience, and I am a good Christian, submissive to the Church, whatever my enemies may say.

JEAN MASSIEU

The bishop of Beauvais is the representative of the Church and you promised him to stop wearing men's clothes. Why have you put them on again?...

JOAN

I fully intended to keep my promise, but yesterday the jailer took away my women's clothes and absolutely refused to give them back, despite my requests and my tears... I had no choice but to put on my warrior's outfit. I don't believe I have broken my vow. Besides, the bishop of Beauvais has not kept faith himself. Didn't he promise me that from now on I'd beguarded by Church people and not by the English?... It was only this promise that made me say I'd stop wearing men's cloth­ing, for I'm convinced that in this prison where I find myself, I ought to wear it. My voices have told me so, and everyone who believes in my mission approves...

 

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