Our Lady, as beautiful as a model

“Our Lady of Lourdes is the most beautiful of all […] elegant as a model from a fashion house, with a silk scarf highlighting her waist, its trailing wrapped around her thighs. Despite the ethereal exterior the Immaculate Lady conceals under her tunic a body full of charm, and one can discover it by starting from bare feet, which protrude from under the hem of her dress; then creep up her slender legs, narrow hips, flat chest (Our Lady does not breast-feed), and touch the swan neck, ending with her radiant eyes, so expressive of pure love in ecstasy.”

Jean Rouard, in Fields of Glory (my translation). This enjoyable novel won the author (a newspaper kiosk operator at the time) the prestigious Prix Goncourt.

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