Pauline came to L'Arche in 1973 at the age of 40. She was hemiplegic, epileptic, and had one arm and one leg which were paralyzed. Her body was for her a source of disgrace. 40 years of humiliations. During her first years at L'Arche Pauline was filled with rage and violence. One could understand her violence - for years she had been considered worthless, so-called 'feebleminded' or 'retarded'. She had been excluded at school, and elsewhere generally did not have the right to speak or to express her desires.

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