La Maréchale d’Aubemer, Nouvelle du XVIIIème Siècle, or The Widow of Field Marshal d’Aubemer: A Novella of the 18th Century, posthumously published in 1867, is a novel by the author and memoirist Madame de Boigne, born Adélaïde d’Osmond (1781-1866). Mine is the first English translation, available here for the first time anywhere.
In Chapter 3, the Maréchale d’Aubemer sees an apparition from her sickbed…
THE WIDOW OF FIELD MARSHAL D’AUBEMER: A NOVELLA OF THE 18TH CENTURY
Almost two weeks after the day of the ball, Madame d’Aubemer, who had been nearly at death’s door and in a state of constant delirium, opened her eyes after a heavy sleep procured by opium and gave a little sigh. Mlle Julie, who had been watching over her day and night, leaned towards her. The Maréchale recognized her, smiled wanly, and tried to turn her head. She thought she saw an angelic figure standing behind her faithful maid and heard a silvery voice say, “Let’s take advantage of this moment. It’s time for her medicine.” She felt herself being gently lifted. Mlle Julie fed her a spoonful of some bitter drug, and she was carefully settled back onto her freshly plumped pillows. It was not long before she fell back into a fairly calm sleep. Without realizing quite what had happened, she had a confused notion of having seen her guardian angel, who was calling her back to health.