Sophie wrote over 14,000 letters during her lifetime. In the absence of quick air travel, telephones, email, and texting, this was how she kept her “little society” together–whether it was a matter of property transactions, personnel difficulties, or the spiritual life of her religious. A sample of her signature (“Votre mère Barat” or “Your mother Barat”) is depicted above; a full letter is below.
Sophie’s Fire: The Book
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