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I thought the scene was a touch melodramatic but then this whole story has an epic quality about it. Lucie's locks of golden hair slowly brings her father back to reality. Lucie pleads,
"If you touch, in touching my hair, anything that recalls a beloved head that lay in your breast when you were young and free, weep for it, weep for it!...If I bring back the remembrance of a Home long desolate, while your poor heart pined away, weep for it, weep for it!"
This sounds a touch over the top but then perhaps it is supposed to be. Dr. Menette had been through hell.