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From Marie Guérin to Mme La Néele – July 24, 1891. Fragment.

From Marie Guérin to Mme La Néele – July 24, 1891. Fragment.

La Musse 24th July 91 Dear little Jeanne, Since you left us, there is nothing but weeping and gnashing of teeth. First, the weather has awful fits of anger. It tears out its hair in despair and its overly full mane falls loudly on La Musse. Several mishaps have occurred these last few days because of these torrential rains. The other day we [1 v°] went to Evreux. Once at the cemetery, a dreadful shower, followed by a great clap of thunder, caught us by surprise in our finest attire which we had put on to see the famous lady with the little white hens. You can guess who, can’t you? My good friend Mrs. Euch. I’m following the principles of Aunt Clémence (Pigeon, called “Aunt” by the Guérins), who only puts half-names in her long letters. This principle is greatly applauded by Mama who, every time I write to you, has me take my letter to the great counselor to find out whether it can go to Caen without a hitch. Not having found the lady with the little hens we ran several errands. That’s because we expect (…)

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