chapter  8
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Morality, truth, and politics

Simone Weil was relieved to arrive in England from New York in November of 1942. In

a letter to her parents she described herself as being “infinitely and completely glad to have crossed the sea again” (Seventy Letters, 162) for she had regretted ever having left

France, which had been occupied by the Germans while she was away. She had felt that

she had run away, and this she could not endure. She was well received by Maurice

Schumann and Louis Closon in London but soon realized that it would be difficult to put into effect her plans to return to France on a dangerous mission to see a front-line nurses’

corps implemented behind enemy lines. This was refused her, but she was offered a job

examining documents concerning the reorganization of France after the war that were

sent to London by the Resistance committees.