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Elizabeth Harlan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104172

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104172.001.0001

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Marriage and Motherhood

Marriage and Motherhood

(p.101) Chapter Ten Marriage and Motherhood
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the period in which Sophie and Aurore were invited to the country home of Angele and James Roettiers Du Plessis. The Du Plessis country home was a Louis XVI villa at Le Plessis-Picard, near Melun. Enchanted by the lushly landscaped park and the acres of meadows grazed by livestock from a neighbor's farm, Aurore immediately felt at home in the Du Plessis family. The feeling of comfort was reciprocal, and what began as a brief visit turned into an extended stay. Madame Angele, twenty-seven and prematurely gray, and seventeen-year-old Aurore took an instant liking to each other. Angele and James, whom Aurore soon took to calling mother and father, were a happy, caring couple, and the warmth of their family was irresistible to Aurore, starved as she was for domestic harmony.

Keywords:   country home, Du Plessis family, Louis XVI villa, Le Plessis-Picard, Melun, domestic harmony

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