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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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“Our Motto is Freedom”

“Our Motto is Freedom”

(p.126) Chapter Thirteen “Our Motto is Freedom”
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter recounts the events that commenced during a cold spell in January 1831, when Aurore made the three-day journey from Nohant to Paris via mail coach. Being the only passenger on the journey, Aurore slept stretched across the back seat of the coach, her head propped on a bag filled with three trussed turkeys en route from the provinces with provisions for a well-fed family of Parisians. Once in Paris, Aurore briefly occupied Hippolyte's apartment on the rue de Seine-Saint-Germain, while looking for work and rooms of her own. Blaming her for being unrealistic about the cost of living in the city, her half-brother predicted financial and professional failure. Life in the capital was sweetened, however, by the presence of Aurore's new lover, Jules Sandeau, whom she had met the previous summer while he was home from his law studies in Paris.

Keywords:   mail coach, Hippolyte, rue de Seine-Saint-Germain, cost of living, half-brother, professional failure, Jules Sandeau

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