The Audacious

60 While hospitalized, Marie Petit contacted the merchants of Aleppo in Marseille and presented them with the document Michel had given her in lieu of her debt on the late Monsieur Fabre. To her disappointment, all the responses came back saying the same thing: ‘the document is worthless especially that the entity assumed to cash it in Aleppo is non-existent.’ As she now had lost both her health and wealth, Marie Petit decided to pursue the collection of her money through the Foreign Ministry in Paris; however the ministry had received critical reports from De Ferriol and Michel accusing her all kinds of false charges that negatively impacted the name of the French nation. Matters deteriorated further for Marie Petit when a group of men claiming to