Eugene’s methodology is clear in this extract. He wanted to be sure that all the members were of a quality of being capable of making a contribution towards the good of the other young people of Aix. It was always a question of being “yeast” for the common good:
I have drawn up a rule for them that is a little masterpiece, which they observe with admirable care.
Since their number has expanded, we have made an innovation; they have to pass some tests, etc. No one can enrol just at will.
If I do not watch out these children will take all my time. It seems they cannot live without me, and I can really perceive the good that the Lord does them through my ministry.
To Forbin-Janson, June 1814, O.W. XV n 125