The confused child confided in her father who was horrified, threatening to personally drown her in the river if she tried to leave. To hold her in place, he quickly tried to arrange a marriage with a local youth, but Joan, having taken an oath to preserve her virginity fled to live with an uncle. The uncle believed her story and took her to see Baudicourt. Baudicourt’s advice to the uncle was, “Whip the girl well, and send her home to her father.”
By February, 1429, the siege of Orléans was on the thoughts of all Frenchmen. Joan now found the courage to make another attempt to see Baudicourt. By now the citizens of Vaucouleurs had heard her story and under their pressure Baudicourt decided nothing would be lost in sending her to the king. The citizens raised the necessary money for a horse and armor, the wearing of which now necessitated that Joan begin wearing the clothes of a male. Just before her departure a message arrived from her parents, begging her not to go. Joan, unable to write, dictated a letter asking their forgiveness for her disobedience.