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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Grandfather's Final Word

From Gathering Evidence (p. 254):

"At about half past five the hospital chaplain, whom he [Bernhard's grandfather] loathed so much, had suddenly appeared at the door of his [i.e., the grandfather's] room, carrying his sacrament case. The chaplain's intention must have been clear to my grandfather, and, according to my grandmother, as soon as the chaplain made to approach the bed to administer extreme unction, my grandfather forestalled him by uttering one word: Out! The chaplain duly left the room without delay. Shortly after this my grandfather died, his last utterance being the word Out!"

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