On 16th May 1942 Simone left Marseilles; we had known each other for less than a year; she told the friend to whom we owed our introduction of the joy it had brought her and the great progress she had made during the year in her discovery of the Church. The writings she sent me from Casablanca towards the end of May belong to the same period as our conversations-indeed, she had already started to write her farewell letter on the 14th (that is the date at the beginning of the first rough copy). What was the course of her development after that? It is difficult to say with any precision. To help us to follow it we have her writings and a few pieces of evidence which are too partial and incoherent to allow of a really objective judgment.