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Joan's History from The Messenger: The Story of Joan Of Arc by Andrew Birkin and Luc Besson

I was about eight years old. It was a beautiful spring day. I was in the forest taking a short cut home when the wind started blowing in the trees -- such a strange sound -- almost like words -- as if someone was calling...
The second time was many years later. It was autumn, and I was coming back from church when suddenly the same violent wind started to blow again... Everything was moving so fast -- the wind -- the clouds -- I couldn't move! Then suddenly a shape appeared in the middle of the sky...
(Joan's eyes fill with tears)I was so frightened... he was so -- so here...I realized then that he had chosen me, but I didn't understand what it was I had to do...What was my mission? To help my country? But how could I do that? I was only a poor girl who knew nothing about riding or making war... so I decided to wait and not to speak to anyone about it.
I didn't wait long. One day I was going to Mass, like I do every day, when the same strange wind started blowing again...Everything was suddenly made clear to me. God was finally calling me. He had a mission for me -- a message to deliver...
He said that I have to save France from her enemies and give her back to God, and He told me that I -- Jeanne -- will lead you to the altar at Rheims to be crowned King of France. All you have to do now is put your trust in me.

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