Fr. Courtès, the superior of the Aix community, was a frugal sickly person, seemingly with a small appetite. He judged the appetite and needs of his community of hard-working and robust young men by his own measures. Eugene intervened in the name of good sense:
Complaints are made in your community that you do not give them enough to eat. In God’s name, don’t measure their stomachs by your own; they have good appetites, give them the wherewithal to satisfy them.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 17 July 1831, EO VIII n 395