Dear Canada: Death of My Country
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The Plains of Abraham Diary of Geneviève Aubuchon, Québec, New France, 1759
Geneviève is terrified that her beloved Québec will fall into British hands . . . and that her brother will not survive the fighting.
Geneviève Aubuchon is born into an Abenaki tribe but is orphaned when another tribe destroys her village. She and her brother are taken to a convent in Québec, While Geneviève gradually adapts to her new life with the sisters, her older brother runs away to rejoin the Abenaki. Geneviève fears for his life when the First Nations allies who are helping defend Québec against the British siege of the city and the attack on the Plains of Abraham.
Author Maxine Trottier frequently participates in historical re-enactments. Her hobby has provided her with an opportunity to research and experience this key time in Canada’s history.
Le 16 juillet 1759
A note came from Mère Esther. Mme Claire wept aloud as she read that Mère Charlotte and Mère Jeryan had both died at Hôtel-Dieu the night of the bombing and had been buried in the garden cemetery of the hospital.
The poor, poor sisters, to have died away from their home.
A flag of truce was raised by our French army today, so that a message could be sent to the British. It was made clear that we will never cease fighting or surrender. We will never give up Québec.
Le 17 juillet 1759
Chegual and Étienne have returned unharmed. They were part of a war party — how hard that is to write — of Abenaki warriors who took three British prisoners who are now in the custody of our French officers.
The British prisoners said that Wolfe’s army has not more than nine or ten thousand men in it and that he will not try a frontal attack, Étienne told us as they ate in the kitchen.
“And might you believe this?” he went on, his mouth full of bread and cheese. “An old man and woman are bringing refreshments to the British daily. Traitors!” His table manners have never been courtly, but I was so pleased to see him that he could have stuffed the entire loaf in his mouth and I would not have cared.
I said they must be lies, and asked whether he expected the truth from the British.
The firing has slackened on both sides now, which makes it easier to think. What if those old people are giving aid to the enemy? They are traitors, but what sort of things must have happened to them that would let them give comfort to the British?
Excerpted from Dear Canada: Death of My Country, copyright © 2005 by Maxine Trottier.
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