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I went on taking off my shoes and stockings, when I heard a fresh noise like the first. Then I was frightened and stood straight up. I lost all power of speech and thought when, turning my head towards the grotto, I saw at one of the openings of the rock a bush, one only, moving as if it were very windy. Almost at the same time there came out of the interior of the grotto a golden-coloured cloud, and soon after a lady, young and beautiful, exceedingly beautiful, the like of whom I had never seen, came and placed herself at the entrance of the opening above the bush. She looked at me immediately, smiled at me and signed to me to advance, as if she had been my mother. All fear had left me but I seemed to know no longer where I was. I rubbed my eyes, I shut them, I opened them ; but the lady was still there continuing to smile at me and making me understand that I was not mistaken. Without thinking of what I was doing I took my rosary in my hands and went on my knees. The Lady made a sign of approval with her head and she herself took into her hands a rosary which hung on her right arm. When I attempted to begin the rosary and tried to lift my hand to my forehead my arm remained paralysed, and it was only after the Lady had signed herself that I could do the same. The Lady left me to pray alone ; she passed the beads of her rosary between her fingers but she said nothing ; only at the end of each decade did she say the " Gloria " with me. When the recitation of the rosary was finished the Lady returned to the interior of the rock and the golden cloud disappeared with her.'
Bernadette was still on her knees when Jeanne and her sister returned to the grotto and found her there. They laughed at her and called her imbecile and bigot, asking her whether she was going back with them or not. She had no difficulty now in going into the stream