Latour contemplates the choices made by his friend Vaillant

Latour contemplates the choices made by his friend Vaillant...

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Unformatted text preview: Latour contemplates the choices made by his friend Vaillant. He considers how Vaillant was torn between loyalty to his family and his faith. Without Latour's support, Vaillant would have lost his resolve to travel to the New World. For his part, Vaillant has overextended his parish financially, prompting official reprimands from the Vatican. Latour outlives Vaillant (the reader is told that this is a literary device, and that the opposite is actually accurate). He recalls the devotion Vaillant inspired in others. One priest, Father Revardy, was so devoted to Vaillant that he rushed back from Chicago for Vaillant's funeral even though he himself had been stricken with a fatal disease. Revardy arrives halfway through Vaillant's funeral and dies several days later. Eusabio visits the priest and realizes that Latour is dying. The Archbishop tells Bernard that he has Eusabio visits the priest and realizes that Latour is dying....
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