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Bibliography: Pensees by Pascal, Blaise
- Pascal, Blaise
- Note Source
- Death Comes for the Archbishop Book IX; Death Comes for the Archbishop Scholarly Edition, note 279; Book IX, Chap.4
- Note Relating to Cather
- Near the end of his life, Father Latour loves to work in his garden. "He often quoted to his students that passage from their fellow Auvergnat, Pascal: that Man was lost and saved in a garden." Cather is paraphrasing from a fragment of #1919, "The Mystery of Jesus": "Jesus is in a garden, not of delight, like the first Adam, who there fell and took with him all mankind, but of agony, where he has saved himself and all mankind." During his last days, the Archbishop enjoys hearing Bernard read "his favorite Pascal."