Amabilis Bedard, born Hebert lived from 1902 to 1981. In her time she saw the transformation of Quebec agrarian society and the rise and fall of Duplessis. She lived through the Spanish flu and bore twelve children in a deeply Catholic marriage in a stifling Catholic society which dictated when you ate or drank, how you were born, raised, married, and buried. More people poisoned than on the Borgias, gunshot wounds, Spanish Flu, fire, Juliette, five sisters who produced sixty (60!) children, it's all here!