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Guillemette, Widow of Bernard Benet d’Ornolac Translated by Dareth Pray SJSU Fall 2006 English 180 1
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CONFESSION OF GUILLEMETTE, WIDOW OF BERNARD BENET OF ORNOLAC In the year of our Lord 1319, the 11 th of May, Alazaïs, wife of Pierre Munier of Ornolac, sworn witness to the event of the heretical words that its is said were uttered by Guillemette, widow of Bernard Benet of Ornolac, said: A year ago, in relationship to the present time in which I am testifying, when the leaves of the elm trees grow, myself and Guillemette, widow of Bernard Benet of Ornolac, were sitting under the elm of Ornolac, and we were talking about this and that. Among other things, I said, “May God guard your soul, and with your body let God do what he will!” Guillemette said to me, “Orca, orca 1 , what are you afraid of?” I told her that I was afraid for my soul because we sin often, and I asked her: “And you, aren’t you afraid?” She responded that she was not. I asked her why she was not afraid for her soul, and she responded: “Arma, arma 2 , orca, our soul is no more than blood.” Hearing this, I told her to never again say such a thing, for it could make misfortune befall her. She responded that she would say it in front of anyone she liked: “And what would happen to me, if I said it?” That year, around Lent, I was in a house that is next to Guillemette’s house, and Raimond Benet, her son-in-law, was in her house, and he was speaking to her (I overheard it). He was saying: “Na pros femma, gardastz la anima”; Guillemette responded: “Orc, orc, e quinha anima? La anima no es mas la sanc 3 .” Afterwards, I spoke of these words to Raimond Benet, who repeated them to me. Interrogated if it is by hatred…she said no 4 . 2
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The same year and day as above, Gentille, the daughter of the late Guillaume Rous d’Ornolac, witness sworn and interrogated on that which precedes, said: About a year ago, it seems to me, I was in the garden I have at Ornolac, which is next to the garden of Guillmette, the widow of Bernard Benet of Ornolac; she was in her garden, and we began to speak about the dead and the souls of the deceased. She said then: “Arma, arma, yeu no veg re issyr dels homes ni de las femmes can se moro. Que se yeu ne vis ysshir s’alma o calque altra causa, yeu sabera que aquelo fos anima, mays ara non veg reishir, e per acquo non se que es aquela anima 5 .” Based on these words, I believe and I believed that she thought that the soul does not survive after the death of the body. In the same place, she said that when men and woman live in the present life, their life is but blood. I understood by these words that she was saying that the soul is but blood. I often heard her making such remarks, in my house as well as elsewhere.
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