Blaise Pascal (16231662). Letters. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
Note from Pascal to His Sister, Madame Perier
(Superscribed, To Mademoiselle Périer, at Clermont, in Auvergne.)
MY DEAR SISTER, I do not believe that it is quite right that you should be vexed; for, if you are not so because we have forgotten you, than you ought not to be at all. I tell you no news, for there is too much that is general, and there must always be too much that is private. I should have much to tell you that happens in complete secrecy, but I regard it as useless to send it to you; all that I pray you is, to mingle acts of grace with the prayers which you make for me, and which I entreat you to multiply at this time. I carried your letter myself with the aid of God, in order that it might be forwarded to Madame de Maubuisson. They gave me a little book, in which this sentence was written with the hand.1 I know not whether it is in the little book of sentences, but it is beautiful. I am so much hurried that I can say no more. Do not fail in your fasts. Adieu.