Lisieux - Les Buissonnets

Her father was left to raise the five girls, ranging from four to seventeen. His brother-in-law, Isidore Guérin, a chemist in Lisieux, invited them all to go and live with him in this small town, with its population of just 18,600 people. They moved on November 15, 1877.

Thérèse spent eleven years at Les Buissonnets, a fine house with a quiet garden, some way from the center of the town. Her sisters, Marie and Pauline, took care of her education. Louis Martin was both father and mother to his children. He called Thérèse his "little queen" and often took her walking or fishing in the surrounding countryside. Her character had changed; the shock of her mother's death had turned her into an introverted, shy and self-effacing child. Her entry into the Benedictine Abbey school of Notre-Dame du Pré was a trial for her. "The five years (1881-1886) I spent there were the saddest of my life". She worked hard, and loved catechism, history and science, but had trouble with spelling and mathematics.