Why did he commit
suicide? Why on that very day?
July 27th was a Sunday, day when Theo did not work. Why didnt he
suggest to Vincent to join him in Paris since he was alone (after accompanying
his wife and his son to Holland), and since he couldnt help asking
to see ourselves again still calmer?
Why didnt Theo tell Vincent about his making up with his bosses?
Though he wrote on that very day to his mother : yesterday morning,
I talked with these Sirs, and I discovered that they were quite pleased
Etienne B. was very kind and said he hadnt made up
his mind yet as to the treatment and that they would see if they could
get things easier for me
That seemed to have reassured Vincent
Why didnt he suit the action to the words?
In his last letter, Vincent admits his failure to talk to Theo: say,
why should I insist on less important things, getting the chance to talk
matters with a rested mind wont happen so soon.
Theo moved away, and doesnt want to hear of his brothers anxiety
Hes well: the trip to Holland did me a lot of
good and I feel rested, which I find positive for our health
, his life is now so closely linked to this child that he
cant hear Vincent or doesnt want to listen to him anymore
Vincent is much worried. He can feel Theos reproaches, his advice
to go and see Gachet
whom he cant even consult anymore
betrayed him as well, closing his door to him
Because of Marguerite?
Vincents feelings are really passionate
After his failures
with Eugénie or Kee, he was in the doldrums for some months
Once again, he feels rejected
Did he try to see Marguerite again?
Was he turned down again?
The outlook didnt look very promising
almost no paint left
though it was the only answer to his pain, the only cure
He cut down
his order to a harsh minimum
Enough to finish the current
paintings? He wont wait for it.
He had noticed the gun that Ravoux kept into a drawer
That very afternoon,
he took it, sank into the fields, and shot a bullet in his heart. He thought
he was dead. Sank in coma. But the bullet had rebounded off a rib, it
had sunk in his stomach
He woke up, night had fallen, thought he
had missed his suicide, went back to the inn. Mrs Ravoux noticed that
he was holding his stomach, sent her husband in Vincents