By Claire Trépanier
The biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle tells the tale of a tender Canadian girl from a humble heritage on the flip of the 20th century. She came upon love with the priest of her village. After 3 childrens and 15 years of chuffed lifestyles jointly, her husband back to the priesthood, earlier than the nice Depression.--Tr?panier narrates this courageous woman's fight to elevate their young ones on my own, mentioning questions about the required celibacy of Catholic clergymen and the prestige of ladies within the Catholic Church. --Claire Trepanier lives in Ottawa. She is retired from a profession in foreign improvement and has co-authored and co-hosted a television series.--"This is the biography of a unprecedented girl who had the braveness to completely embody her love for a clergyman, understanding all of the consequences." -Laurier L. LaPierre -
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The two men have a lot in common. They have both known pioneer life and share some personality traits. Fiercely independent, they both like to be master of their own decisions and they are both gifted in organizing communities. But their tempers differ greatly: Napoléon is impetuous, and Joseph is gentle. Napoléon expresses himself with a fiery discourse whereas Joseph has learned the art of listening. It is surely during these visits that Father Roy and Marie-Louise discover the undeniable pleasure of seeing and talking with one another.
The priest appreciates Marie-Louise’s quick wit and her playful banter. He is sensitive to the admiration she feels for him and that she can’t dissemble. Moreover, Marie-Louise is turning into a beautiful woman. The family photo taken around 1908 and reprinted in Valley East reveals a young woman of about 17 or 18 dressed in a lace blouse with a high collar and a long skirt. She has put up her hair in a chignon. Her beautiful forehead thus freed accentuates the oval of her face. Her big eyes reflect a patient expression.
Besides, most of these publications are in English. There is one manual about sexuality written by a French doctor, Dr. ”â•›â•›7 Thus it is highly improbable that these publications were circulating in Hanmer. As for Joseph, he surely knows more than her in these matters. But since sexuality is a taboo subject in those days, he may not feel comfortable talking openly about it with her, even in intimate moments. What’s more, his religious education always taught him that sex is only acceptable if its goal is procreation.