Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Here’s an excerpt from the Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain

“You, Joan? You, a child, lead armies?”

“Yes. For one little moment or two the thought crushed me; for it is as
you say–I am only a child; a child and ignorant–ignorant of everything
that pertains to war, and not fitted for the rough life of camps and the
companionship of soldiers. But those weak moments passed; they will not
come again. I am enlisted, I will not turn back, God helping me, till the
English grip is loosed from the throat of France. My Voices have never
told me lies, they have not lied to-day. They say I am to go to Robert de
Baudricourt, governor of Vaucouleurs, and he will give me men-at-arms for
escort and send me to the King. A year from now a blow will be struck
which will be the beginning of the end, and the end will follow swiftly.”

“Where will it be struck?”

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