By Jacqueline Pascal
Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) was once the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun on the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She used to be additionally a prolific author who argued for the non secular rights of girls and the suitable of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and relations authority.This e-book provides choices from the total of Pascal's occupation as a author, together with her witty adolescent poetry and her pioneering treatise at the schooling of girls, A Rule for kids, which drew on her reports as schoolmistress at Port-Royal. Readers also will locate Pascal's devotional treatise, which matched each one second in Christ's ardour with a corresponding advantage that his woman disciples should still domesticate; a transcript of her interrogation by means of church experts, during which she defended the arguable theological doctrines taught at Port-Royal; a biographical cartoon of her abbess, which awarded Pascal's perception of the correct nun; and a range of letters supplying lively defenses of Pascal's correct to perform her vocation, despite patriarchal objections.
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Paris: Librairie Fischbacher, 1897. Féret, Charles Théophile. Les amours de Jacqueline Pascal. Paris: Fayard, 1928. Giraud, Victor. Soeurs de grands hommes: Jacqueline Pascal, Lucile de Chateaubriand, Henriette Renan. Paris: G. Crés, 1926. Goyet, Thérèse. ” Chroniques de PortRoyal, no. 31 (1982): 127– 36. Lagarde, François. ” Travaux-de-Litterature 2 (1989): 125 – 35. Magnard, Pierre. ” Chroniques de Port-Royal, no. 31 (1982): 137– 52. Mauriac, François. Blaise Pascal et sa soeur Jacqueline. Paris: Hachette, 1931.
I would say that her looks, always victorious, Make mortals everywhere devote their vigils to her, That her charms are such as capture the gods And make them take note of her own wonders. But to express truly her rare qualities, My painting is just not beautiful enough. One or another of my colors does not ring true. So let us leave this rash project. To paint a divinity, I clearly feel That my brush is too clumsy, my hand too dull. (July 1638) S TA N Z A S W R I T T E N S P O N TA N E O U S LY 7 One day, in the deep woods, I was surprised by a voice.
As the streams, the brooks, The rivers and all the waters Return to the sea, place of their origin, So my tiny poems, great God! Without concern for the world, Will return to you, their divine source. (August 1638) S TA N Z A S T O T H A N K G O D F O R H E R R E C O V E R Y F R O M S M A L L P O X 10 Mover of this great universe, Inspire me to write powerful poetry. Send me the voice of angels, Not to praise mortals, But to intone your praises And to thank you at the foot of your altars. Your sovereign goodness From the height of heaven has visited The poorest worm on earth, And saved from a fatal blow A body more fragile than glass, During all the violence of an illness beyond bearing.