INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FATHERS
OF OUR SOCIETY
WHO SHALL BE SENT TO THE HURONS
(from the Relation for 1637,
by Father Jean de Brébeuf)
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- You must be prompt in embarking and disembarking....
- You must so conduct yourself as not to be at all troublesome
- It is not well to ask many questions... Silence is a good equipment at such a time.
- You must bear their imperfections without saying a word, yes, even without seeming to notice them. Even if it be necessary to criticise anything, it must be done modestly, and with words and signs which evince love and not aversion. In short, you must try to be, and to appear, always cheerful....
- Do not undertake anything unless you desire to continue it; for example, do not begin to paddle unless you are inclined to continue paddling.
- Finally understand that [people] will retain the same opinion of you in their own country that they will have formed on the way; and one who has passed for an irritable and troublesome person will have considerable difficulty afterwards in removing this opinion.
- This is a lesson which is easy to learn, but very difficult to put into practice....