Pascal Residence in Bamberg
Late May, 1636


"Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Etienne Pascal smiled down at his plate as his daughter Jacqueline finished saying grace. Etienne was silent at the end of grace. The Pascal children waited through that silence, hoping it would not last.

"Amen," Etienne Pascal stated. "Gilberte, once again . . .

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