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The Abyss

Ronney Mourad and Dianne Guenin-Lelle

in The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199841127
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919536 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841127.003.0008

Series: AAR Religions in Translation

The Abyss

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After winning the trust of the young woman assigned to watch her and teaching her about contemplative prayer, Guyon nurses her until her death. Guyon then lives alone for a year and a half and struggles with several illnesses. Another prisoner, a priest, attempts suicide. He is rescued, but in order to secure medical treatment he agrees to testify falsely against Guyon. Marc-René de Voyer de Paulmy d’Argenson returns to confront her with this false testimony, but she refutes the allegations. She reports two dreams, one concerning François La Combe. Her faith and enjoyment of solitude saves her from despair.

Keywords: Marc-René de Voyer de Paulmy d’ Argenson; François La Combe; dreams; Bastille

Chapter.  5810 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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