From Marie Guérin to Léonie - February 28 (?), 1889.

From Marie Guérin to Léonie - February 28 (?), 1889.

Dear Léonie,

We received Céline’s little note this evening, I see that you enjoyed our visit and we will be happy to renew it often. This afternoon we went to the Carmel to give them your news, they hadn’t yet received your letter, which means we have no information about my uncle’s health.

You see, dear Léonie, I’m keeping my promise and I hope you will do the same for me.

[1 v°] There’s nothing new to report in Lisieux, apart from the fact I miss you a lot. The meals and evenings have been dull since you’ve been in Caen and it’s a pleasure for me to be able to speak to you this evening.

This morning Papa received a letter from Major de La Cauve (Henry de Lacauve, Mr. Martin’s first cousin) who replied that he cannot come tomorrow. I don’t believe I’ve spelt the Major’s name correctly, but seeing as everyone is very busy around me, I don’t dare break the silence that reigns by asking this question.

Today we feel five inches tall thinking that tomorrow we will be having four handsome [2 r°] Gentlemen to visit. If you want to know the dinner menu, I can tell you that as a starter we’re having oysters but I can’t remember the rest. Even though Mama mentioned it in front of me, you know that with me this sort of thing goes in one ear and out the other.

I believe I’ve updated you with all the news, now I’m going to tell you something that is ancient history: I love you with all my heart, and my greatest desire is to see you soon among us.

Your little sister


I ask you to hug Céline very [2 v°] tightly for me. When you meet the little girl with the pink cheeks and the white boa, give her a hug from me.

Mama asked me to send you her love and affection.

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