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Neither Angel nor Beast by Francis X.J. Coleman

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A WITCH’S SPELL

Marguerite Périer, Pascal’s niece whose eyes had been healed by the Holy Thorn, left a record of the earliest event known of his life. When Pascal was one year old, ‘something very extraordinary happened to him,’ Margeurite Périer writes in her ‘Mémoire sur la vie de Monsieur Pascal.’ Pascal’s mother was ‘very pious and very charitable’ and gave a small sum of money each month to a large number of poor families and to impoverished women. Among the latter ‘there was one who had the reputation of being a witch: everyone told her this; but his mother, who was not one of those credulous women but had much intelligence, made light of their opinion and still continued to give her alms.’ At this time it happened that the child (Pascal) ...

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