the Carmel


Place of recreation, twice an hour each day (except summer, when recreation is often held in the garden). It was the only heated place apart from the kitchen and the infirmary, which gave it its name. The younger sisters were seated there on their heels, the older ones on a small bench or a chair.

The boiler room is the scene of several events: Thérèse was asked to write down her childhood memories; it is there that they played the "pious recreations", and it is the place of the apron too slowly untied Manuscript C, 13 r.



Statues of St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila, the two great saints and founders of Discalced Carmel surrounding a Virgin and Child on the fireplace.