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(1929) [MARC] Author: Axel Munthe - Tema: Medicine
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XXV
THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR



The Little Sisters of the Poor in San Pietro
in Vincoli, about fifty in number and
most of them French, were all friends of mine,
and so were many of the three hundred old men
and women sheltered in the huge building. The
Italian doctor who was supposed to look after
all these people never showed me any sign of
professional jealousy, not even when the
Pittsburgh millionaire’s carpet from the Grand Hôtel,
duly disinfected, was spread over the ice-cold
stone floor of the chapel to the greatest delight
of the Little Sisters. How these Sisters managed
to provide food and clothing for all their inmates
was a mystery to me. Their rickety old cart
crawling about from hotel to hotel to collect
whatsoever scraps of food could be got, was a
familiar sight to all visitors of Rome in those
days. Twenty Little Sisters, two by two, were
on their feet from morning till night with their
huge hamper and their moneybox. Two of
them were generally to be found standing in the
corner of my hall at the hour of my
consultation, many of my former patients will no doubt
remember them. Like all nuns they were very
jolly and full of fun, and they thoroughly enjoyed
a little chat whenever there was a chance. They

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