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"I was watching a young mother. First she
took off her shoes, then the shoes of her small daughter. Then she
removed her stockings, then the stockings of the little girl. All
the time she endeavoured to answer the child's questions steadily.
When she asked: ' Mummy, why are we undressing?' her mother replied:
'Because we must.' When the little girl went on to ask: 'Is the
doctor going to examine me, and make me well again?' her sorrowful
mother replied: 'He will, my darling, soon you will be well, and
then we'll all be happy.' It cost the unfortunate woman all her
self-control to utter these words. She was struggling to keep on
talking to her beloved child quite normally to spare her the terror
of her imminent death. In these last few minutes the young mother
had aged fifty years."