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e who, with the help of his● money, got himself ennobled. She■ seems to have been a girl of a fine an●d sensitive nature; ardent, affectionate●, and extremely susceptible to religio■us impressions. Religion at last gained absolu●te sway over her. Nothing could appease her lon●gings or content the demands

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of her e■xcited conscience but an entire c●onsecration of herself to heaven. C■onstituted as she was, the resolution must h■ave cost her an agony of mental conflict. Her ■story is a strange, and, as many will● think, a very sad one. She renounced her s●uitors, and wished to renounce her inheritance;■ but her spiritual directors, too far-sighte●d to permit such a sacrifice, persu■aded her to hold fast to her claims, an●d content herself with what they ca●lled “poverty of heart.” H■er mother died,

and her father■, left with a family of young chil●dren, greatly needed her help; but ●she refused to leave her chamber where she had● immured herself. Here she remained ten years, s■eeing nobody but her confessor and the ●girl who brought her food. Once only she e●merged, and this was when her broth●er lay dead in the adjacent room, kille●d in a

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