The Postman never arrived.
Reaching into Marie’s past at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the main branch of the New York Public Library, Melanie found a letter!
It was the last that Marie had written at 4.30am on the morning of October 16th 1793; the morning she had been enslaved to live and to die.
How could Melanie tell Marie that the letter to her sister-in-law Elisabeth, had never been delivered?
A letter penned both with hope and resignation.
A letter with only love for those she would never see again?
Shaking uncontrollably, Melanie copied the letter on the photocopier.
As James walked into the apartment, he rushed over to her as she lay sobbing on the floor.
“Mel! Are you ok?”
“How could anyone endure such a life James?” wept Melanie as she handed him the letter.
“Elizabeth never received it. The pleas and hopes were never heard!
Marie-Thérèse would never hear Marie’s last dreams and last wishes.” Melanie was inconsolable.
All James could do was hold her.
CAUTION – the following contains an adaptation that the author stated he cried in presenting.
The next in the series will deliver Marie’s last message from her letter- Was it written to Melanie?
To be continued in Melanie’s Biography with love for her sister by her side.
Transported into history
10 - Immersed in history
24 - A lock of hair
38 - The endless dawns of time.
42 - Where are you now?
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