George SAND (1804-1876)

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George SAND (1804-1876)

L.A.S. (the beginning is missing), Nohant February 24 "52"[1862, to Doctor Alphonse
Guérin]; 5 pages in-8 (out of 9) in blue ink.
To the doctor treating his daughter Solange, on her belief in God and the immortality of the soul.
After talking about her concerns about the health and character of Solange (missing part), she recalled the death at the age of twenty of Lucien Villot, "kidnapped in eight days by smallpox, although vaccinated and of the healthiest temperament. This poor child was near me 18 months ago, when I was on the brink of death and he was crying bitterly. Was it then up to me to cry over him so early and without return? - Doctor, I don't know what you think about the immortality or imperishability of our souls. It seems to me that science nowadays has reached the point of no longer believing in the forces of matter, as Broussais once told me. She cannot affirm anything, but she acknowledges that she can no longer do anything of spiritualism, and it seems to me that science must inflame trust in God instead of cooling it. I am at this point in my very humble and very small studies of natural history, to feel that I no longer believe only as in my youth by heart and imagination, but also by reason. I see a supreme logic that is broken at all times by secondary facts, as if to confirm the great law of equity that we sense and that we feel is absolutely necessary. So I cannot believe that we are dying, and in the face of this apparent end, if I weaken for others and for myself, I blame myself almost like a coward. I feel that we have only one foot in this world and that the time of departure is a misfortune only for those who remain, especially if they do not believe.
- You have a beautiful mission, you! the only one I would have wanted for myself if I had been born a man. To fight to death for his everyday prey, and to give the sick the freedom of his soul for as long as possible, for he has something to do with his soul, and life has
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