A little rascal Louise Magdelaine is the recipient of Thérèse's very first letter at the age of 4. Dear little Louise, I don't know you, but I love you very much just the same. Pauline told me to write you; she is holding me on her knees because I don't know how to hold a pen. She wants me to tell you that I'm a lazy little girl, but this isn't true because I work all day long playing tricks on my poor little sisters. So I'm a little rascal who is always laughing. Adieu, little Louise. I'm sending you a big kiss. Thérèse Letter to Louise Magdelaine, April 4, 1877 20