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Compiègne May, 1789

05:39

Father, I cannot lie. I'm happy.

06:54

I might do wrong in telling you this, my lord,

06:57

But suddenly, when I saw Miss Blanche in her wedding dress,

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I thought of seeing again the lady, her mother, and you at her arm.

07:04

Yes, my good Thierry. Thanks. I also thought of that.

07:06

- Father. - Yes?

07:08

Do you think it is prudent to retur…More
00:16

Compiègne May, 1789

05:39

Father, I cannot lie. I'm happy.

06:54

I might do wrong in telling you this, my lord,

06:57

But suddenly, when I saw Miss Blanche in her wedding dress,

07:00

I thought of seeing again the lady, her mother, and you at her arm.

07:04

Yes, my good Thierry. Thanks. I also thought of that.

07:06

- Father. - Yes?

07:08

Do you think it is prudent to return through Chantilly and Saint Denis?

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Yes, it is true. We'd meet the crowd and could not put up with.

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And in these times we should be back before dark.

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Yes Thierry, avoid going to Saint Denis.

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- What do you ask? - God's mercy and yours.

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In the world your name was Marie Genevieve Meunier.

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In religion, your name will be Constance of St. Denis, Martyr.

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In the world your name was Blanche de la Force.

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In religion, your name will be Blanche of the Agony of Christ.

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Our help is in the name of the Lord,

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Who made heaven and earth.

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God be praised!

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God be praised!

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- Welcome, Sister Blanche! - Thank you!

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- Do you feel happy, Sister Blanche? - Very happy, thank you!

10:25

Good night, Sister Blanche.

11:09

My daughter, the rule orders to close the door.

11:20

Mother, I believe I will never be a good Carmelite.

11:25

A scary skull, everybody.

11:30

They should warn of the presence of this object

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in the cell of a Carmelite.

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God has sent you here, Mother,

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to hear what I have not had the courage to tell.

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There is a fatal weakness in me that made me suffer greatly.

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As a child I could not climb stairs without thinking it was going to collapse.

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I have always been afraid of life and death.

12:00

Poor little thing.

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You've dreamed of this house as a little girl dreams in her dark room,

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of the common room, with its light and its heat.

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You know nothing about the loneliness of a Carmelite must live ...

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...or die.

12:20

Mother, I thought I was honest a while ago.

12:25

I did not mean to lie to my father.

12:28

- What did you tell him? - That I was happy.

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We do not seek happiness here.

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Our Bridegroom is not the smiling Christ

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who is shown in religious images.

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He is the Man of Sorrows of whom speak Holy Scriptures.

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My daughter, in the spirit of Carmel there is no room for softness.

12:56

But I'm sick,

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condemned, as stated by our doctor, Mr. Javelinot.

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And so, I can be moved.

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Great tests await you, my daughter.

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It won't matter, if God gives me strength.

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What God wants to prove in you it is not your strength but your weakness.

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The nights are short in the Carmel.

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And, as a good soldier,

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a Carmelite should know sleep.

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Passing one day on horseback in the plain that extends over Assisi,

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he met a leper who produced such horror in him

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that he looked away so as not to see

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and resumed his journey on the other side,

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but recalling the resolution that he had taken...

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- The doctor is waiting for you.

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...dismounted and approached the leper

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and lovingly kissed his wounds.

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Thus showing his great love for Christ ...

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I'm afraid we can no longer do anything.

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It took too much of your strength, Mother.

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and I can not work miracles.

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But, Doctor, listen ...

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Yesterday, however, not only I ate the soup without repugnance,

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but even with pleasure.

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Isn't it so, Mother Marie of the Incarnation?

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What your Reverence says is true.

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I feel much better than in my last crisis.

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When the storm breaks ...

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I'm sure I'll rest.

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I meant only that we'd better discontinue the medication

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and let nature take its course, with no more struggling against the disease.

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Try to relax and not to move.

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May God preserve you, my Mother!

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To Him I give my healing or dying

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According to His will.

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I'm sorry I thought aloud in front of the Reverend Mother, Prioress.

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Do not regret anything. If you have attended more houses like this,

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you'll know that there are two kinds of religious able to die peacefully:

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the very holy and mediocre.

15:50

It is very painful to have to show myself like this,

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cared for like a drowned just out of the water.

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If it were not for my legs, numb and lifeless,

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I'd not believe to be in danger.

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Mother Marie.

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How many days of life has Mr. Javelinot calculated?

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Excuse me, your Reverence,

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but he thinks that it is not even a matter of days.

16:23

My God, I've reached the end.

16:31

Go find Blanche.

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Bring her, Sister St. Augustine.

16:41

It was my understanding, Mother,

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that your anxiety had subsided tonight.

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It was a drowsiness of the soul.

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So I did not feel like I was dying.

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Now, nothing distracts me from death.

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I'm alone, Mother,

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all alone, without any consolation.

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I'm alone ...

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and I am scared.

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Get up daughter, and don't look at me like that.

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There is nothing unusual before your eyes.

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Do not leave me, Mother.

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My daughter ...

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Why did you choose to be called

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Blanche of the Agony of Christ?

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I do not know, Mother. It was like an impulse.

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Of all the moments of the life of Our Lord,

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I wish I had been with him just

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when he was alone and abandoned in Gethsemane.

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Of all my daughters, you're the last one who has arrived.

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The most beloved of my heart.

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The more helpless and threatened.

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To avert this threat, I would have given my poor life.

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Now I can not give more than my death.

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A poor death!

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- Mother Marie of the Incarnation! - Yes, Reverend Mother?

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I was the one who introduced into this house...

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Sister Blanche of the Agony of Christ.

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I'm responsible for her.

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I must delegate this responsibility before someone else takes my office.

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Mother Marie!

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In the name of Holy Obedience...

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l entrust to you Sister Blanche of the Agony of Christ...

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...here present.

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You will answer me for her before God.

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Yes, Mother.

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Again these detestable beans!

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They say that speculators rationed the flour,

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and that they won't have bread in Paris

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Oh, finally the iron is here!

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They've fixed it already.

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Look how they have strengthened the handle.

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We shan't hear no longer Sr. Jeanne of the Divine Infancy

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scream while blowing her fingers:

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- ''How can one iron with such a piece of junk!''

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She's hilarious. When I hear her, I bite my tongue to keep from laughing.

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- When she says ... - Constance!

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Are not you ashamed to talk like that when our Mother is dying?

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My God, sister. In the Carmel death...

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...is a ceremony like any other..

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The last on earth before the great processions of Paradise.

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- Have you not ever had fear of death?

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- Ah, life has always seemed to me so much fun!

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Are not you afraid that God may get tired one day of so much good humor...

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...and come to say to you as to St. Angela of Foligno:...

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...''Love is not always joy''?

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Sister Blanche, I cannot help believing...

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...that you wanted to hurt me on purpose.

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No, you're wrong. I did it because of envy.

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You envy me? How strange.

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You envy me when I'd deserve to be flogged...

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...to speak so lightly of the death of our Rev. Mother.

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Sister Blanche:

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Let us offer our two poor lives for that of her Reverence.

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But what I have to do in this comedy?

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Leave that silly board and I ask you to answer me!

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Sister Blanche, now you're upset with me.

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How can you believe that our lives can save another's life?

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You're as proud as hell...

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That's horrible!

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Horrible!

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Stop, stop! Let's stop ringing the bells!

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There's too much haste, I have not died yet.

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Calm down, Mother, they're not ringing any bell.

21:41

It's my poor ears that are playing outbursts.

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Have you summoned the community?

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The ceremony, to which your Reverence is referring, can wait.

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Yes, until I am good for nothing.

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But look, look!

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How can I show this face to my daughters?

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But, Mother, do not worry about us.

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Do not worry about anything other than God.

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Who am I, miserable me, to care for him?

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- Let Him worry about me! - Your Reverence is delirious.

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Watch out for the horses!

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Close all doors, quick! Oh, too late!

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Peace, Mother!

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What do you mean?

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Peace, peace! Are you blind?

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Don't you see the war and blood everywhere?

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- Mother Marie! Mother Marie! - Yes, Mother?

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I've just seen our chapel empty and desecrated.

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The altar split in two ...

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straw and blood on the tiles ...

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Oh, God is abandoning us! God is repudiating us!

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I beg Your Reverence to say nothing that might ......

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Say nothing, say nothing! Why say nothing?

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Sr. Elisabeth, close the window!

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What matter what I say! Anguish ...

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...is stuck to my skin as a mask of wax.

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If I could tear it with my fingernails ...

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Tell the sisters that today they will not see the Rev. Mother.

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At 6 recreation, as usual.

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No, Mother Marie of the Incarnation: I order you...

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Sr. Elisabeth, you are not going to faint like a little girl.

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Get on your knees and pray. There's nothing else we can do.

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Sr. Blanche, come. Take off the apron.

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Sisters, our Mother has appeared before God.

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Sr. Catherine, intone the Salve Regina...

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I'd never have thought that an election in Carmel would take so long.

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They must be discussing as much as in the National Assembly.

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It's a difficult election. Things are becoming worse for religion.

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I bet on Mother Marie of the Incarnation,

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I've prayed for her election.

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You always think that God will decide according to your tastes.

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And why not?

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I also hope they elect Mother Marie, as she is the most worthy of all.

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I proclaim elected as prioress of the Carmel,

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Mother Therese of St. Augustine.

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Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

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Who created heaven and earth.

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God be praised.

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May He be praised.

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- Sr. Lucie! - Whom have they elected?

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- Mother Therese of St. Augustine. - God be praised!

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Tell her Reverence the Commissioner is here and he is getting impatient.

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Sister Lucie..

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Here are the letters for the Commissioner.

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Tell him that the Reverend Mother is waiting in the parlor.

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Mr. Commissioner, I apologize if I made you wait,

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but an election is always more complicated and longer than expected.

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And since when, ma'am, you vote in convents?

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Since ever, I imagine, or otherwise, for centuries;

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this shows that we are not as reactionary as they say.

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My name is Mother Therese of St. Augustine.

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And is it you whom they elected prioress?

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Yes, in fact, not what I expected.

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Are you a foreigner?

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In our homes there is no foreigner. We are all sisters.

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Oh, sure. Equality, fraternity ... and freedom.

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We're here freely.

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I've sent you the list not only of the goods of the community,

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but also of the endowments of the religious.

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Do you want to proceed with any verification?

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No, ma'am, your word and signature are enough.

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But it is my duty to warn you that you have only the usufruct

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of these assets, which now belong to the nation.

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Citizen, bring these documents to the municipality.

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Madam, it seems, in France and even in this city

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the bloodthirsty and rioters are the majority. I am not such..

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So, facilitate my work.

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Rightly or wrongly, people think that the monasteries are home

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of profiteers and traitors.

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As for me, I have the duty to follow the orders from Paris.

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In this situation, the slightest imprudence on your part

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could be fatal.

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Your recommendations are consistent with my main concern.

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Thank you very much, Commissioner.

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Father, I am Chevalier de la Force.

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Help me to hide.

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Come in, quickly.

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Here they will not find you.

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- They have been following me for a mile. - You can sleep here.

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Thanks, but I am in a great hurry.

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They expect me in Vermont before dawn.

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I must reach the army of the princes and would like to see my sister immediately.

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I am only the chaplain. We'll have to ask the Mother Prioress.

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Luckily, the night office is not over..

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Come with me.

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Mr. Chevalier de La Force wants to see his sister. He's leaving France.

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He can not wait until morning.

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But they'll accuse us of hosting fugitives.

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Only you, Mother, can decide.

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But you must decide quickly.

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Under the rule, I have no right to deny a religious

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to see her brother, even less if she might not see him again.

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Take him to the parlor.

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Accompany Sr. Blanche to the parlor.

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What fright you gave me.

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What does this visit in the middle of the night mean?

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How is our Father?

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He entrusted me with a message for you.

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He says that here you're not safe.

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Maybe you're right, but I feel safe.

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And that's enough for me.

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Blanche, we just have a few minutes.

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Only from abroad one can defend the King.

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That is why I'm leaving.

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Do not get your hopes up.

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The revolution will not spare anything that has decided to destroy.

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And you advised me to flee from danger,

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while you are going to meet it?

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Blanche, I beg you, do not act like a child.

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The habit you wear is not a defense, on the contrary.

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Mr. Chevalier.

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This habit is a uniform on a battlefield.

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And the Carmel is a fortress that prepares itself to support an assault.

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But you, my daughter, as long as you have not pronounced your vows

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...are free to go. - Please, Mother, I'm staying.

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I want you to think of myself as a comrade in arms.

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We will both fight, each in his way.

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And mine has risks and dangers, like yours.

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So, farewell little sister.

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Our father will be very proud of you.

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Now we're all bound to the same destiny.

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Who knows?

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I've been proud, I will be punished.

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Citizen, no passage.

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- What's happening? - Warn the Prioress immediately.

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The whole community shall meet in the chapel.

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Mother Mary, we must expect an inspection.

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You stay at the cloister door.

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And when those men come to ask to enter, demand, above all

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to see the inspection order. Do not oppose any resistance,

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but do not separate from them.

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Thanks be to God, Mr. de La Force is far away.

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Rev. Mother, Sr. Blanche is not there.

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Go see in her cell.

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If she's tired, tell her I give her permission to rest.

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Put the veil.

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Christ, have mercy on us.

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Lord, have mercy on us.

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God, the Father of heaven,

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have mercy on us..

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God, the Son, the Redeemer of the world,

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have mercy on us.

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God, the Holy Spirit,

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have mercy on us.

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Holy Mary, pray for us.

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Holy Mother of God, pray for us.

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Saint Michael, pray for us.

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Saint Gabriel, pray for us.

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Saint Stephen, pray for us.

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Saint Lawrence, pray for us.

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Saint Vincent, pray for us.

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Saint Sylvester, pray for us.

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Saint Gregory, pray for us.

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Saint Ambrose, pray for us.

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Who is she?

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Could we end once with this masquerade?

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Take off the veil, Sr. Constance.

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Citizen...

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How long have you been locked in this house?

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I'm very happy to be in here, as if I were at home.

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I don't feel locked up at all, Mr. Commissioner.

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And why does one accept to live behind bars?

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To know God, love Him, and serve Him,

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and thus merit eternal happiness, Mr. Commissioner.

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Ah. I see you know the lesson by heart.

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We know it with certainty.

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Here tonight they have concealed a suspect.

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And he must show up somewhere.

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Come, citizen, do not be afraid.

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I'm here only to provide

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the protection of the law.

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Citizen...

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I order you to tell me how long ago

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this girl has been held here.

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I think you should ask herself.

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She seems to have lost the use of the word.

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You don't think it was you who scared her?

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This girl will come to explain herself in front of the municipality.

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A registration permit does not give you rights over people.

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This girl will leave from here only by her own will.

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- Sr. Blanche. - I forbid you to continue.

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Here I represent the Reverend Prioress and I will not take orders from you.

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Citizen Commissioner,

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remind her that we have a machine to cut the breath..

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Shut up.

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Young Citizen, say just a word ...

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and we'll immediately free you from those who have not even feared

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to abuse the name of ''Mother'',

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certainly to submit you better.

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You should not be afraid.

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Since you are now under the protection of the law.

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First of all, she is under mine.

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And I won't let you abuse the terror of a child.

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You should also know, Commissioner,

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that for the poorest daughters of the Carmel

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honor is stronger than fear.

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I'll have to give account to the municipality.

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It is to your conscience that you should give account first.

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As long as there are beings like you,

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there will be no respite for the patriots.

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This house is a Bastille.

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And we'll destroy it,

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like the other.

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You must also destroy us, to the last,

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because where there is a daughter of St. Therese, there is a Carmel.

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Follow me, citizen.

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What a fool I am!

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That conversation was to make us forget our mission.

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I know where the fugitive is hiding.

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Where, citizen Commissioner?

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All the nuns here wear black veils.

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And I bet that the fugitive is there in the middle,

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he also with his veil, reciting the Our Father.

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From sudden and unprovided death, deliver us, O Lord.

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From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord.

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From anger, hatred,...

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In the name of law:

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I order you to immediately remove your veils

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and look at me with your face uncovered.

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I told you that you must remove those veils.

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My daughters, take off your veils.

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Take off your veil, Sr. Jeanne.

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My daughters, wait in the cloister.

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I ask you to vote to decide whether we should allow them to pronounce the vows,

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or we should return them to the world.

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The new French laws formally ban monastic vows.

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If two novices pronounced them, it would be a challenge.

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I do not intend to challenge anyone.

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I've done everything possible to avoid colliding with the Commissioner,

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but I can not go so far as to ask permission to observe the rule.

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The ceremony will be secret, behind closed doors.

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For Sr. Constance, no problem.

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For Sr. Blanche, it is not so simple.

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I agree.

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Sr. Blanche took refuge here for the rule to protect her and keep her,

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when it is we who must protect the rule.

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Excuse me, Reverend Mother.

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I would plead with the Council

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in favor of Sr. Blanche of the Agony of Christ.

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I know the risks of her character,

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but I feel it would break a promise to a dead

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if we rejected her and I could not watch over her.

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Let's vote.

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Three votes against.

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Someone go find Sr. Blanche of the Agony of Christ.

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I'm going, Mother.

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Sister Blanche!

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My daughter,

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Neither you nor we hope more than you

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may be freed here from your mortal anguish.

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The Council has decided to return you to the protection of your father.

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No doubt that in better times or later, who knows...

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Answer me honestly.

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Do you think I will hurt you by returning you to the world?

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Yes, you'll hurt me.

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Not even I expect to overcome my weakness.

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No, I don't expect it any more.

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But this house is the only place in the world

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where can offer it to our Lord,

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as a patient offers his wounds.

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I believe, Mother,

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that maybe God wanted me coward

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as He wanted the others good or stupid.

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All right, so be it.

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Sister Blanche of the Agony of Christ,

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remain a Carmelite.

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I will never leave you. Do you understand me?

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Never.

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Sacrifice to God the glory of the world.

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Is it by your own will and by choice

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that you pronounce these solemn vows? - Yes.

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Do you intend to persevere until death?

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Yes.

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And just for the love of our Lord?

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Yes, by the grace of God and the prayers of my sisters.

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May God, who has guided you to us, lead you until the the end.

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Sacrifice to God the glory of the world.

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I am not leaving you, but I am obliged to hide.

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I refused to swear allegiance to the Constitution.

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I'm an outcast.

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Now, for you, I'm out of the law.

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But if a fish can not live out of water,

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a Christian lives very well outside the law.

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We will manage the same, with some precautions.

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André will be our contact.

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In the affairs of this world,

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when you lose all hope of reconciliation,

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the last resort is strength.

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In God's affairs,

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the last resort is the sacrifice of the consecrated souls.

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- Sister, pray for me. - Sister, pray for me.

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- Sister, pray for me. - Sister, pray for me.

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- Mother, pray for me.

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Concern does not make you lose your appetite, Sr. Constance.

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It is the fourth apple that I see you eat.

52:14

Really, at this rate the basket will not be filled.

52:17

Why do we need so many provisions?

52:19

Maybe we die before these apples rot.

52:22

It is not fixed that we die.

52:24

I have no hurry to die, Sr. Constance.

52:26

Ah, neither do I.

52:27

But if we let the Lord decide about our lives,

52:30

what's the use of worrying about what to eat?

52:32

We may never find another opportunity to be gluttonous.

52:35

Yours is a curious way of preparing for martyrdom.

52:38

On the contrary, it is appropriate.

52:39

Before facing the lions in the arena, to be devoured,

52:42

I want at least to suppress my hunger.

52:44

Well, Sr. Constance, the lions will surely be very grateful.

52:48

Moreover, their food will be more nutritious.

52:56

Soldiers!

52:59

Come and see you too, Sr. Anne of Jesus.

53:39

What are they singing?

53:42

It must be a new song, I've never heard it.

53:47

- It's a terrible song. - Yes, but it is magnificent.

54:19

Down from the ladder immediately.

54:22

You have violated claustration.

54:27

Forgive us, Mother.

54:29

What was the matter with you?

54:32

I had a crazy idea, Mother: I have a brother in the national army,

54:36

and I thought he was marching with them, and that I could see him.

54:42

And you, Sr. Constance?

54:43

Oh Mother, I could not resist. I love parades.

55:16

I'm glad of your visit, Commissioner,

55:19

so I can protest directly to you.

55:23

Protest, madam, and why?

55:25

Because we have been deprived of our Chaplain.

55:30

It's absurd to think that a peaceful man like him

55:34

could be considered dangerous

55:37

and be made and outlaw.

55:41

Madam, I'm afraid you have not understood your own situation

55:46

and the danger you are facing.

55:49

What harm do we do?

55:52

It is not the harm you do, but that which is attributed to you.

56:00

Have not you heard that the Prussians are marching on Verdun?

56:05

And maybe they'll be here here in three days, and in five in Paris.

56:10

Across France volunteers are enrolled.

56:14

The people feel betrayed. And they are suspicious all the way.

56:21

On Sunday, in Paris,

56:24

there was a massacre in the prison.

56:27

Oh God! Are you sure?

56:31

Yes, I am.

56:38

There is here, among you, a young woman

56:42

whose name is Sr. Anne of Jesus.

56:46

Yes. What do you want from her?

56:49

She had a brother in the army of the Rhine, he was killed in battle.

56:53

They found a letter to his sister. So I heard.

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At last you'll be convinced, Mr. Commissioner, that we are good patriots.

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We want peace and the protection of the law.

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Ah, madam, if it were only that.

57:22

Why? What else is there?

57:25

When things go wrong in the country, someone is to blame.

57:29

So, why not you?

58:05

Dear daughters, death, truncating all the affections, is always cruel.

58:12

And violent death, especially if the cause is a human being,

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is even more cruel.

58:19

Our country is unhinged by the invasion and the civil war.

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Our relatives are divided into different fields.

58:27

Some have emigrated brothers and cousins who fight for the Princes.

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others have relatives in the national armies.

58:34

Men are fighting. Let us condemn neither ones nor the others.

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We are not judges, but only pleaders.

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May the civil war never enter into our hearts.

58:47

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

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who made Heaven and Earth.

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Open up, open up immediately!

59:27

- I thought I could not escape. - What happened?

59:30

There's a crowd in the church square, and they are furious.

59:32

The baker of Meaux has been reported.

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Mother Marie, gather them all in the chapel.

59:38

Do not be afraid, you will remain here with us.

59:41

- And the Chaplain? - They didn't find him.

59:43

He was not in the hideout when they searched,

59:45

but they arrested the baker.

59:47

And when they saw me arrive for the bread, they grew furious.

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If you allow me, I will go to the door to talk to these people.

60:05

No, my daughter, one doesn't talk to an out-of-control crowd.

60:29

Courage, my daughters!

60:31

It's not the first time that they invade and pillage churches and monasteries.

60:33

It often happens during wars.

61:50

Silence! Citizens ... Citizens ...

61:55

The French army has obtained a great victory at Valmy.

62:06

And in Paris, the Republic has been proclaimed!

63:02

It is more than twenty years since you have set foot outside this house.

63:05

And now you go to Paris.

63:06

Are you even sure you can come back?

63:10

We are concerned for the life of your Reverence.

63:13

It is necessary that somebody should go to get recognition.

63:16

I feel that the circle is closing every day more about us.

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In a big city a group of seventeen women may be overlooked.

63:25

Why not take the risk of our vocation to the end?

63:28

Why don't we stay all in this house, with our habit ...

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observing the holy rule,

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and die, if necessary, as Carmelites.

63:35

Mother Marie, what I want is to protect the Carmel.

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What would all of us perishing profit, if the Carmel perish with us?

63:48

I'll say farewell to my daughters.

63:58

Careful, Sr. Constance, or you will burn St. Denise.

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Is not it enough that they cut his head?

64:03

It would be a shame. He looks so cute with his head in his hands.

64:08

It's outrageous.

64:10

Why portray our great St. Teresa ...

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with a sword in her heart?

64:14

The founder of Carmel died quietly in her bed, I know.

64:18

Sr. Blanche, why are you shocked? It is a symbol.

64:22

St. Teresa died of love for God, so an angel grabs the sword.

64:26

I do not think God would send his angels ...

64:29

to kill those who love Him.

64:31

But if God sent His Son to the terrible sacrifice of the cross.

64:34

And from that first Good Friday there is no greater honor for a Christian

64:38

than to be sent to the gallows like Christ.

64:41

You said it well, Mother. ''It's an honor.''

64:45

And as for us, Carmelites, we should not ...

64:47

run after honors in any case.

64:50

When a great king, before the whole court,

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makes a sign to the maid to sit together to him,

64:57

on his throne of glory,

64:59

it is preferable that she should believe neither to her eyes nor to her ears,

65:03

and continue cleaning the furniture.

65:09

In my absence, to Mother Marie, who has my confidence,

65:12

I delegate my authority. Obey her as myself.

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Mother, come back soon to us.

66:24

I hope with all my heart. God help you, my daughter.

67:24

- Who is it - I'm André.

67:33

The Chaplain has found another hiding place.

67:36

He sent me to tell you that he'll celebrate the office of Good Friday

67:38

tomorrow at midnight in Albetier's barn.

67:40

- Thanks, dear. - All precautions have been taken.

67:43

We expect to lead you in groups of two or three.

67:46

- Thank you. - Good night, Mother. See you tomorrow.

67:48

See you tomorrow.

67:54

Friend, whereto art thou come?

67:57

Dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss,

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your Teacher and your Lord?

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Then they rushed impetuously upon Him

68:07

And the soldiers, full of rage and unbridled fury,

68:12

those Barbarians, seeing Him in their power,

68:16

unleashed all their fury over Him.

68:38

It's funny, we have come together to the Carmel.

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I chose the name of a martyr, but yours is the most beautiful.

68:48

It's the very name of the martyrdom of our Lord.

68:51

Today it's like His feast day, I say.

68:55

Sr. Blanche, we will not part any more.

68:58

Sr. Constance,

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I think it's easier to talk here in the dark.

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I too would like not to part with you.

69:08

But I am afraid.

69:10

And I am ashamed to be afraid.

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But afraid of what, sister?

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Afraid of death,

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of what is after death.

69:23

One day you told me,

69:25

fear is an illusion of the devil of which God can free us.

69:31

Sometimes I think ...

69:34

that He does not want to free me.

69:37

But how can you think that God does not love you?

69:41

Even your name, and all that you are

69:45

must remind God of the terrible moment...

69:49

when His own Son felt abandoned.

69:54

Come.

71:41

Last night,

71:44

you attended a secret meeting ...

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under the direction of a recusant priest, pursued by the law.

71:55

In the Albetier barn, to be exact.

71:59

- Answer: yes or no. - Yes.

72:05

And I hold myself responsible for that meeting,

72:08

It's I who organized it.

72:09

And my sisters did nothing but obey.

72:12

That's enough.

72:14

All disobeyed the law.

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All exposed themselves to suffer its rigor.

72:22

We went to venerate the Cross on which our Master suffered His martyrdom.

72:28

So much the better if we suffer or even die for that.

72:32

In times like these to die is nothing.

72:35

To live is nothing. Is this what you mean?

72:38

In fact, only death counts,

72:40

when life is devalued by fear even to the ridiculous

72:42

and is worth less than your paper money.

72:45

These words may cost you dearly.

72:47

I do not think that your comrades approve your insolence.

72:50

What's he saying?

72:53

I want to know ...

72:55

if you all agree in disobeying the law ...

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and insulting a representative of the people.

73:01

You should know that nothing can separate us from Mother Marie.

73:05

It is to her that we must obey.

73:08

We'll see.

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First:

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You have 24 hours to gather your things

73:14

and to procure yourselves clothes, other than these ridiculous rags.

73:20

Second:

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Tomorrow morning you'll be evicted from this site.

73:26

This house will be occupied by soldiers.

73:29

Third:

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From now on, all community life is prohibited to you,

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and any contact with recusant priests.

73:37

And you are forbidden to live more than two or three in the same house.

73:41

You will all present yourselves to the municipality

73:43

to give your names and your new addresses.

73:48

And if this is not enough, the strict application of the law

73:54

will surely be able to end your obstinacy and fanaticism

74:15

The regime aims to suppress religion and disperse the monasteries.

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I think that the entire community should respond

74:24

by solemnly pronouncing the vow of martyrdom.

74:28

So that France may continue to be Christian,

74:30

the daughters of Carmel offer their own blood.

74:34

What do you think, sisters?

74:37

The disadvantage of these extraordinary vows

74:39

is that they can divide the spirits,

74:41

and oppose conscience.

74:44

And just as we want to affirm the unity of our community.

74:47

The opposition of only one of you would make me give up my idea.

74:51

Why do not we decide with a secret ballot?

74:55

Sr. Anne de Jesus.

75:16

Sure there will be a vote against.

75:51

There's a black ball.

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Forget the vow of martyrdom.

76:02

I did it. Here is my white ball.

76:07

But now I agree with all the others, and desire ...

76:11

I also want to pronounce this vow, I beg you,

76:15

in the name of the Lord.

76:17

It's certainly a sign from God that we all agree.

76:24

I, Constance of St. Denis, make the vow of martyrdom.

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I solemnly promise to God to imitate His Son in His holy Passion,

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without defending myself nor fleeing,

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offering also my blood if necessary.

76:35

For the honor of the Carmel, the exaltation of the Church,

76:38

and the salvation of the world.

76:50

I, Blanche of the Agony of Christ, make the vow of martyrdom.

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I solemnly promise to God to imitate His Son in His holy Passion,

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without defending myself nor fleeing,

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offering also my blood if necessary.

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For the honor of the Carmel, the exaltation of the Church,

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and the salvation of the world.

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Here's the list of houses and directions.

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You shall divide yourself the sisters in groups.

77:27

Tomorrow morning,

77:29

a cart will come to help you carry the essentials.

77:33

You will also give them some civilian clothes.

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Sister Blanche.

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After the vow we've pronounced

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God will keep us together forever.

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- I know ... - What else do you know?

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- I know that soon we shall die. - Do not touch me!

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- Sister Blanche, what's the matter? - Do not touch me!

78:23

I lied to God.

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I did not expect to see you again, at least in this world.

79:17

I can not give you any good news.

79:23

Sr. Blanche is not here.

79:25

Go, I'll catch up with you in a moment, at the municipality.

79:50

You'll inform the municipality of the new local distribution.

80:33

Are they all?

80:36

Citizen Lidoine is missing.

80:51

Mother Prioress will be here in a moment.

80:53

And citizen La Force.

80:56

Citizen La Force.

80:58

Is she not that girl whom they called

81:02

Sr. Blanche of the Agony of Christ?

81:05

Why the hell is she not here with you?

81:11

Where did she go?

81:14

You, who speak so well, answer, citizen!

81:18

You do not want to answer.

81:23

So it is I who will give them the news.

81:38

One of my patrols found this girl late at night,

81:42

wandering alone through the fields, shaking for cold and fear

81:47

What have you done to her?

81:58

Young citizen, you are free now.

82:00

Do you want to join those whom you call your sisters

82:04

or return to Paris to you father?

82:07

Here's money and a pass.

82:26

Citizen Montreler.

82:28

Find more decent clothes for the young citizen.

82:34

Mother Therese of St. Augustine Prioress of the Carmel.

82:37

Citizen Commissioner, everything is in order.

82:40

Citizens, you may leave.

82:47

What happened?

82:50

The commissioner gave her the means to go to her father in Paris.

82:53

Her father was arrested eight days ago and is in prison.

82:57

What should we do, she has only ourselves in the world?

83:00

In no way we'll abandon her.

83:34

Open, it's I, Thierry.

83:38

- Thierry! - Calm down, miss.

83:41

We need you to come with us right away.

83:43

- With this man? - Yes, it's urgent.

83:45

Yesterday nobody was spared. You must do what he says.

83:49

Citizen, Thierry's right, Let's hurry.

83:59

- He who was the Marquis de La Force. - My friend...

84:04

- He who was the Marquis de La Force. - Yes, yes, I'm coming.

84:17

Citizens Judges,

84:19

the young and curious girl with me is the daughter of the accused.

84:22

The Republic snatched her from the hands of the priests

84:24

who had taken her away from her father to immerse her into the depths of fanaticism.

84:28

This citizen has given up superstition forever,

84:32

and has sworn eternal hatred for the aristocrats and tyrants.

84:37

She proclaims her dedication to the nation and the Republic.

84:41

She has come here to thank her protectors and liberators.

84:51

Blanche, has the man who accompanies you,

84:55

spoken in your name?

84:59

Is it true what he says?

85:05

No, Dad. He lied.

85:45

Blanche!

85:50

Blanche de La Force!

86:24

The Reverend Mother sent me to look upon you,

86:27

upon learning that your father is in prison.

86:30

- He's in prison no more. - Is your father free?

86:34

He is dead.

86:37

He's been guillotined.

86:50

My poor daughter, you can not stay here alone. Come with us.

86:53

You mean that with you I'll be safer?

86:56

You will run less risk than here.

86:59

No, I do not believe it.

87:02

Who will want to come to get me here?

87:06

I hurt nobody, and I want nobody to hurt me.

87:11

Leave me in peace. You scared me.

87:16

Go!

87:29

Sister Blanche of the Agony of Christ.

87:37

Yes, Mother?

87:40

What should I tell our Prioress?

87:45

That I do not forget her.

87:50

Sr. Blanche, listen to me well.

87:53

I'll give you an address. Remember that.

87:56

Miss Rose Ducor, Theater of the Palais Royal.

87:59

She has been warned. You'll be safe with her.

88:03

I'll wait for you there.

88:10

I won't go. I don't want to go.

88:16

You shall go.

88:19

I know you'll be back with us, sister.

89:07

I have to see Miss Rose Ducor, immediately.

89:09

Wait for her there, she won't be long.

89:30

Even here, poor Baptiste.

89:32

You're not ashamed to make a parody of a heinous death.

89:36

Let's hurry to laugh, that there will be time to mourn.

89:45

Oh, Baptiste, when you will stop taking everything so lightly?

89:56

Someone is looking for you. She is waiting back there.

89:59

- Rose, what are you doing? - Quick, Rose, we are already late.

90:02

Oh, we have all the time! I want to see how it ends.

90:22

- Miss, I'm Blanche de La Force. - Yes.

90:28

When I enter the theater follow me into the dressing room.

91:10

You come to compete with me before my theater,

91:12

and yet, you expect that I pay you?

91:17

Yes, Miss Ducor pays with Golden Luises.

91:34

Stand here and do not let anyone in, not even the maid,

91:37

for at least ten minutes.

91:40

Citizen, you can not enter.

91:42

I must see Mother Marie of the Incarnation.

91:46

She's there. Mother Marie.

91:50

Mother...

91:52

They have arrested all our sisters

91:55

and have taken them to Paris to try them.

91:59

Sr. Blanche, we must reach them immediately.

92:02

O Mother, if there is any way to save them ... I ...

92:06

I think that now I would have the courage to risk everything.

92:10

This is not to save them,

92:12

but to fulfill the vow of martyrdom we pronounced freely.

92:19

And we will let them die without doing anything for them?

92:23

What matters is not to let them die without us.

92:27

And what need have they of us to die?

92:30

To die. To die.

92:32

You only have that word in your mouth.

92:36

But, is it not enough for you the horror of the blood already shed?

92:39

Only crime is horrible, my daughter.

92:42

But I do not want them to die.

92:46

And I do not want to die!

93:19

What's happening, Sr. Constance?

93:21

I slept under the window and it gave me wryneck.

93:26

- Oh, my poor neck is... - No, Sr. Constance!

93:30

Excuse me, sister, it didn't occur to me ...

93:33

Come on, be quiet, Sr. Constance.

93:37

Well, my daughters, our first night in jail has passed.

93:43

It was the most difficult, but, as you see, we passed it alike.

93:48

We are used to bars.

93:52

No one can take away a freedom to which we voluntarily renounced a long time ago.

93:57

Anyway, in court, to all questions answer:

94:02

I did but obey my superiors.

94:06

It is a formal order.

94:08

I try to answer for you on earth as I would do it before God.

94:12

With your Reverence we will never be afraid of anything.

94:16

Be calm, do everything possible for your lives and your souls.

94:24

Citizen, do you have anything to say?

94:28

We are the servants of God.

94:30

The Republic does not need servants.

94:33

I am the keeper of the soul of the country,

94:36

but you, who do not recognize the authority of the laws,

94:38

have also attempted to attack the city.

94:41

We are also citizens of another city.

94:43

That's enough!

94:45

You should be grateful that you have found in this country,

94:48

which you betray, a court that heard and judged you.

94:51

This afternoon a grave awaits you.

94:54

For having formed counterrevolutionary caucuses;

94:58

for having had, again and again, fanatical correspondence, and

95:02

hosted recusant priests and emigrants,

95:06

preserved liberticide writings.

95:09

are sentenced to death.

95:12

Dated on Messidor 28, the second year of the Republic.

95:16

What does that gentleman say?

95:20

That we are condemned to death.

95:22

- All? - Yes, all.

95:25

Including Mother Marie of the Incarnation, who is not here.

95:28

Judgment to be executed immediately.

95:32

May God receive us in His bosom.

95:35

Who knows if He will recognize you as His own.

95:38

We have that confidence.

95:41

Because we have not offended Him.

95:44

May He forgive us our sins

95:49

as we forgive you, son.

95:57

Citizen President, I ask that you adjourn the court.

96:01

The court is adjourned.

96:32

My daughters,

96:35

now we are at the end,

96:37

now it is only about dying.

96:41

God calls us to the throne of His glory.

96:45

It's time to fulfill the vow of martyrdom

96:48

you have generously made and that God has accepted today.

96:54

As for me, who didn't pronounce it, He has given me a part.

96:59

Let's thank Him for not having allowed the mother

97:03

to be separated from the daughters at the time of death.

97:06

I humbly share this great gift

97:10

on behalf of our sisters Marie of the Incarnation

97:13

and Blanche of the Agony of Christ..

97:16

I exploit their vow, though unworthy.

97:20

My daughters,

97:22

once again, for the last time,

97:26

I solemnly subject you to obedience.

98:19

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...

98:24

...and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

98:27

Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners

98:32

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

98:35

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...

98:39

Blessed art thou among women...

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She who was Sr. Gabrielle.

101:48

She who was Sr. Saint Luis.

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She who was Sr. Jeanne of the Divine lnfancy.

102:16

She who was Sr. Jeanne of the Divine lnfancy.

102:48

She who was Sr. Lucie.

102:53

I knew you would come. You are crazy. Don't go any closer.

102:57

I do not want them to die without me.

103:00

What's the difference of what you want in this matter?

103:01

God chooses and calls whom he wants.

103:05

I've dragged my sisters to death.

103:06

If they die without me, I will be dishonored.

103:09

Shut up! Who do you think you are?

103:12

It is not for you that your sisters dies but for God.

103:16

What do I have in this world?

103:18

The Carmel. You will continue it, alone.

103:25

How hard is God!

103:28

Come with me and repeat what I say.

103:33

Our Father who art in heaven...

103:37

Hallowed be thy name...

103:41

Thy kingdom...

103:43

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven...

103:47

Thy will be done...

103:52

Thy will be done...

104:04

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven...

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She who was Sr. Anne of Jesus.

104:37

She who was Sr. Constance.

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She who was Mother Marie of the Incarnation.

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She who was Prioress of the Carmel of Compiègne.
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