On her last apparition, the young lady finally told her name.
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Because Bernadette was badly educated, this meant nothing to her at the time. Thus, this was seen as a genuine proof of her visions. However, the visions of Bernadette split the community, some felt that Bernadette was genuine; others felt she was a fraud out to gain attention and financial gain. The police chief was eager to portray Bernadette as a fraud.
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He questioned her aggressively — hoping to find a contradiction in her answers. Yet, to these questions, Bernadette responded with calm, confidence and real strength in her conviction. Played by Jennifer Jones, Bernadette retained great dignity, with her simplicity and inner strength. Maybe the film slightly overplays the emotion of the prosecutors. But, it certainly was the case, that Bernadette met with real opposition and hostility from some. The film does differ from the actual life of Bernadette in certain key respects. It is worth examining these, because it gives a greater understanding of the character of St Bernadette.
In some ways her life is more inspiring than the miraculous powers claimed for the spring at Lourdes. Bernadette, in her own way, was a real saint. She endured much suffering, frequent sickness and constant questioning of her experiences, but did not grumble or complain in fulfilling her task laid down by God. Lee J. CobbSister Marie Theresa Vauzous. Gladys CooperLouise Soubirous. Anne RevereFrancois Soubirous.
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