The testimony of Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet is a must if you really want to understand the impetuous character of the old explorer, and no one is better qualified to give a good account of this than her secretary, who is behind the house of Alexandra David-Néel. Three years after the death of the tibetologist, Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet recalls her « Dix ans avec Alexandra David-Néel« , a book written with sincerity, emotion, humor, and acknowledgement. When Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet started work for the 91 year old tibetologist, the property « Samten Dzong », had been abandoned for 4 years. The garden resembled a jungle, the house was full of cobwebs, and the rooms were filled with various oriental objects, countless baggage, trunks, bags and packages…….it took her a moment to get used to the orientalist’s surprising way of life and her difficult temperament. Both characters are explosive. Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet, still, to this day, holds a devoted boundless gratitude to that which she called « an ocean of pride, a Himalayan despotism ».