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Annette, Cécile, Marie, Yvonne Dionne
“We were a club, a society, a civilization all our own.”
“If love begets love, guilt begets guilt. ... If Mom and Dad behaved toward each other as though they had been partners in some unspoken misdeed in bringing us into the world, we were drenched with a sense of having sinned from the hour of our birth. The thought was drummed into us that the discord in which the family lived much of the time was all of our doing. ... We were convinced that we had brought misery and nothing else upon people whom we ought to love. We were riddled with guilt in all our thinking, and we knew of nothing we might do to expiate it. We could be dutiful, obedient, hard-working, but how could that possibly erase the crime of our existence?”
Annette, Cécile, Marie, Yvonne Dionne, Canadian quintuplets
Full names of all five, in birth order, and death dates for three: Yvonne Édouilda Marie Dionne (2001), Annette Lillianne Marie Dionne Allard, Cécile Marie Émilda Dionne Langlois, Émilie Marie Jeanne Dionne (1954), Marie Reine Alma Dionne Houle (1970).