In the public domain edition I used, The Story of a Soul was preceded in the public domain edition I used by a helpful public domain preface, by the English editor and translator, Fr. T. N. Taylor, explaining the stories of some of the people mentioned in St. Therese’s book, and going into some of the circumstances of her parentage and birth.
The romantic and God-touched story of her parents’ meeting is that Zelie saw Louis one day while crossing a bridge, and heard an interior voice tell her that “this is the man” that had been prepared for her. She didn’t know him, and had no idea that his mother was in one of her lacemaking classes. Mme. Martin was favorably impressed by Zelie, who was a good businesswoman and a kind person as well, and began to try to introduce her son to Zelie and meet her parents. 🙂
Preface: The Parentage and Birth of Marie Francoise Therese Martin, by the editor, The Rev. T.N. Taylor.